Released former LTTE cadres to assist Sri Lankan government in development

Apr 23, Vavuniya: Sri Lankan authorities today released another batch of former LTTE cadres who have undergone the rehabilitation program.

Addressing a ceremony to release 483 ex-Tami Tigers, who were handed over to their families in Vavuniya Cultural Centre today, the Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Chandrasiri Gajadeera said the government spends a 100 million rupees per month to provide food, lodging, and training under the rehabilitation process.

The rehabilitated cadres have been given vocational training and education facilities to improve their skills and knowledge.

The skills, the cadres learned during their rehabilitation, will be used to for the development process in the Northern and Eastern provinces, the Minister said.

“The knowledge and skills they have got are weapons of development and not weapons of destruction,” the Minister has said.

Minister Gajadeera said that a special loan scheme with low interest rates will be provided in the near future for the released cadres to help improve their livelihoods.

During the last phase of the war between government forces and LTTE, 11,700 LTTE cadres surrendered to Sri Lankan security forces. So far 6,109 ex-rebel cadres have been released and further 4,200 are being rehabilitated.

About 160 of hardcore LTTE cadres are detained and facing court hearings for the crimes they committed during the war.

Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen, Vanni Security Forces Commander Major General Sumedha Perera and Rehabilitation Commissioner General Brigadier Sudantha Ranasinghe also participated in the occasion.

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