Rehabilitation of LTTE cadres underway
Measures have been taken to rehabilitate over 10,000 ex-LTTE cadres,
in the North by the government, according to Commissioner General of
Rehabilitation Maj. Gen. Daya Ratnayake.
Maj. Gen. Daya Ratnayake, who is now saddled with preparing a well
detailed program, told the Sunday Observer that President Mahinda
Rajapaksa is very keen to help these ex-cadres who were misled by the
LTTE. The process to classify the ex-cadres into different groups
considering their age, gender and involvement in the outfit has already
been completed and the ground work to move them into new rehabilitation
centres is nearing completion.
According to Maj. Gen. Ratnayake, over 80 percent of these ex-cadres
are now temporarily sheltered in government schools.
“We want to hand over these government schools and five new centres
are under construction at the moment. They will be moved to the new
centres before the end of this month”, he said.
He said that the basic facilities required would be provided to the
ex-cadres and training will commence according to their skills. The
children between the ages of 12 to 18 years have already been separated
from the group. There are over 455 children, the majority of whom the
LTTE had forcefully recruited at its last stage of the battle. The
youngest is 12 years-old. Former female LTTEers numbering 1,700 have
also been separated and housed separately. The authorities have taken
steps to separate male ex-LTTE cadres over 45 years of age and they will
be given training according to their professions, skills, and their
liking to undergo a vocational training.
Maj. Gen. Ratnayake said that donor assistance for the rehabilitation
process is vital and needs the support of local and international NGOs,
the experts in related fields and the community leaders to make the
rehabilitation program a success.