Funds allocated to resettle Muslims displaced during war

The Government has allocated funds through the 2019 Budget to resettle Muslims displaced during war.

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera made the announcement while presenting the budget to Parliament today.

It was announced recently that a condominium project had been proposed for Muslims displaced from Jaffna during the war.

Minister of Industry and Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons and Cooperative Development, Rishad Bathiudeen had said that after three decades since their initial displacement, Muslim IDPs from Jaffna now scattered across the country will finally be able to resettle in Jaffna.

He said that an appeal had been made to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to address the housing issue faced by displaced Muslim families.

The LTTE had forced hundreds of Muslims to flee Jaffna in 1990 and most of them sought temporary refuge in Puttalam, Colombo, Gampaha and Panadura.

Since then 700 Muslim families returned to Jaffna but most of them were unable to get back their own land. (Colombo Gazette)

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