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Bank Loans for Reintegrated Ex-LTTE Combatants to Start Self Employment

[2012-04-11 19:05:50]

“Irrespective the ethnicity, we all suffered a lot in the past due to terrorism. Now it is the time to forget that dark era and to unite as one nation to usher a new era in the country”, said the Commander Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe addressing a crowd of civilians attending a function organized to launch community welfare projects at Makiapiddy on Wednesday (11).

A series of welfare activities have been organized by the Civil Affairs Office of the Uduvil-based 513 Brigade and a bank loan scheme for 25 reintegrated ex-LTTE combatants from Santhililppay and Thelippalai areas for livelihood programmes. After a discussion with the Deputy General Manager (DGM) of the Bank of Ceylon (BoC) Mr. K.E.D. Sumanasiri, Civil Affairs Office of the 513 Brigade arranged the loan scheme for ex-combatants to start self employment projects. At the first phase, each one was offered Rs. 50000/=. Commander SF-J and distinguished guests handed over the cheques to 25 ex-combatants during the function held at Makiapiddy Wednesday (11) morning. The balance of Rs. 200,000/= will be given in future.

Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe requested the reintegrated youths to forget their past and step into a new world with positive attitudes to engage in economic development activities.

“Various groups in Tamil Diaspora are now in the process of undermining the hard-earned peace in the country. Instead of disturbing peace now being enjoyed by people of Sri Lanka, those groups must come forward to help destitute people to make their life better using money being wasted on creating dissension among communities in Sri Lanka,” SF-J Commander added.

On the same occasion, a new house built by the troops of 513 Brigade was donated to Mrs. Sellathurai Vimalawathi, a widow with two children from Makiapiddy, Santhilippay. Since the death of her husband about three years ago, Vimalawathi had been living in a temporary shed . Troops of the 14th Battalion the Gemunu Watch (14 GW) constructed the house worth of about Rs. 300000/= for her with lavish support of donors. Commander SF-J handed over the key and domestic utensils to the recipient.

Meanwhile, 84 kids of four pre-schools in Alaveddy area were given sets of uniforms, shoes and exercise books as New Year gifts to use in the next term to begin after the Sinhala Hindu New Year festival.

Another 50 students who are sitting the Grade 5 scholarship examination this year were given parcels of exercise books.

Rev. Thavarasa Dharmarasa Aiyar, Rev. Fr. Jude Sutharshan, General Officer Commanding 51 Division Brigadier Piyal Wickramarathne, DGM BoC Mr. K.E.D. Sumanasiri, Commander 513 Brigade Brigadier Pradeep Silva, Divisional Secretary Santhilippay Mr. S. Muralitharan, DSI Company Regional Distributor Mr. R. Jeyaraja, Grama Niladhari Makiapiddy Mr. J. Nithyanathan, Manger BoC Chunnakam Mr. P. Balakumar and civilians of the area were present.

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