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Written By Freedam to the nation resettlement of IDPs on Thursday, June 6, 2013 | 1:09 AM



 News from Ministry of Resettlement in Sri lanka
Ministry of Resettlement is in the process of preparing a Corporate Plan with a view to identify and address felt needs of resettled communities in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of the country, on a medium to long term basis. The Plan, which is under preparation covers the period 2014 – 2016. 

  

The staff of the Ministry led by Mr. M.M. Nayeemudeen, Additional Secretary is preparing the proposed Plan with technical guidance from the Ministry of Public Management Reforms. Towards that end, a Workshop was held on April 29, 2013 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute with the participation of key stakeholders including Directors of Planning, Development and other development staff of the Northern and Eastern districts and also Anuradhapura District. 

  

The Workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Janaka Sugathadasa, Secretary, MOR. In his inaugural address, Mr. Sugathadasa stated that resettled communities encounter complex problems which cut across boundaries of many agencies and that offering acceptable solution is a shared responsibility.  Secretary who stated that a clear, consistence and visible involvement of Senior Officers serving at District Level is of paramount importance in this endeavor. 

  

Mr. M.M. Nayeemudeen, Additional Secretary/MOR made a detailed technical presentation pointing out salient features and steps involved in the Corporate planning process. He also pointed out both the administrative and policy requirements in preparing a Corporate Plan and the importance of proactive engagement of those present in this exercise. 

  

The participants numbering 40, who engaged in extensive discussions and deliberations throughout the day on emerging issues in the post resettlement scenario, identified the following as of urgent needs that require attention concerning resettled IDP communities and returnee refugees. 

  1. Land Rights and Restitution 
  2. Shelter Assistance 
  3. Livelihood Assistance 
  4. Water and Sanitation facilities 
  5. Psychological Guidance 
  6. Safety and  Demining 
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