May 10, Jaffna: The Sri Lankan government has resettled over 3,500 families in their original homes that were in the High Security Zones (HSZs) in Jaffna.
Sri Lanka Army Monday released nine Grama Niladhari Divisions in Valikamam North in Jaffna that had been a part of Kankasanthurai (KKS) High Security Zone back to the previous residents.
At a function held yesterday the government launched plans to resettle 12,274 members from 3,511 families in Naguleshwaram, Thelippalai, Thanthaiselvapuram, Mavadipuram, Kadduwan West, Mavadipuram South and a part of Palai Vemankamam North and Palai Vemankamam South coming under the administration of Thelippalai Divisional Secretariat.
Addressing the families, the chief guest of the event, Basil Rajapaksa Minister of Economic Development, said the resettled families will be given everything by the government to live a peaceful life in their original places.
The Minister pledging to hand back the land held by the security forces during the three-decade long conflict to the residents, emphasized that there are some international elements campaigning against the government and Security Forces and trying to tarnish the image of the country.
The civilians who are being resettled were evacuated from their homes with the launch of High Security Zones in Jaffna during the implementation of the Indo-Lanka Pact.
Minister Douglas Devananda, Northern Province Governor Major General (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri, Jaffna District Security Forces Commander Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Jaffna Government Agent Mrs. Emelda Sukumar, Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians Mavai Senathirajah, Sivanathan Sridharan and A. Vinayagamurthi, Thelippalai Divisional Secretary S. Muralitharan also participated.