TNA to take resettlement issue to court

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is to go to court over the resettlement of war displaced Tamils in the north.

TNAP MP Apadurai Vinayagamurthi said that his party will seek the intervention of the court to resettle hundreds of people on their original lands in parts of the north.

He also said that the TNA will support a demonstration set to be staged by families who are yet to be resettled on their original lands.

According to the Ministry of resettlement, as of last month,  17749 war displaced people are living with their relatives and family members in Jaffna.

The Resettlement Authority, which falls under the Ministry, will be in operation for a further period of three years from April 10, 2013.

The Cabinet of Ministers at its Meeting held on October 31, 2012 decided to instruct the Legal Draftsman to prepare amending legislation to extend the validity period of the authority by a further period of 03 years beyond April 10, 2013.

In arriving at this decision, the Cabinet of Ministers took into consideration that there remain unfinished activities relating to resettlement and relocation process of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees, post resettlement related issues that require further consideration and the necessity to implement projects to promote personality, social and economic development capacity among the resettled communities. (Colombo Gazette)