They are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday from Madurai, the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs said.
Ministry Secretary V.Sivagnanasothy said the Government of Sri Lanka under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had initiated action to encourage the voluntary refugee returnee programme and the current trend of increased refugee returnees is a sign of reconciliation and moving towards permanent peace.
Sivagnanasothy said that of the 25 refugee returnees on Tuesday 10 are males and 15 are females. These refugee returnees will get back to Mannar, Trincomalee, Vavuniya, Matale, and Kilinochchi.
The UNHCR provides free air tickets, reintegration allowance of US$ 75 per person, transport allowance US$ 19 per person and monitory non-food grant of US$ 75 per family.
Since 2011, 5140 refugees (1874 Families) have returned to Sri Lanka. Over 64,000 refugees are stationed in 109 welfare camps in India. The Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs initiated a livelihood assistance programme of a maximum Rs. 100,000 per refugee returnee family to support the livelihood activities.
Further, the provision of dry ration has been already approved for 6 months. The REPPIA has been instructed by the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs to provide compensation for those who have lost their houses and suffered loss of lives of kiths and kins and for injuries.
Sivagnanasothy said that the refugees who lost their houses will be provided with houses under the housing programme of the Ministry. (Colombo Gazette)