Although several lands of our people had been released there are several reasons for them not re-settling in those lands. Proper housing schemes have not been given to date to people who had resettled. Several hundreds have not been provided with electricity. Several schools have not been renovated. Proper transport facilities have not been provided yet. In such a context it is natural that the resettlement being delayed. Never the less we cannot forgo our rights to our hereditary lands.
Hence, on behalf of the Committee for resettlement and the our affected people, we strongly condemn the statement of the Security Forces- Jaffna Commander Major Gen. Wanigasooriya that the people are not interested in resettling in the released lands, said the president of the Committee for Resettlement, S.Sajeevan.
Elaborating further he said that there are still 9000 families to be resettled in the North. Several hundred families are suffering in refugee camps for a long time. Their children are struggling for their education. In such a context, the army had constructed hotels, army positions, Vihares and cultivating the lands of our people.
Hence, we demand that the hereditary lands of our people should be released fully, said Sajeevan.