Speaking after opening the Army reconstructed two storeyed orphanage ‘Blessed Virgin’s Children’s Home’ at Kaththankulam, Mannar on Saturday, he said: “The resettlement in the North was to be completed by the end of July, but heavily mined Pudukudiuruppu cost us some extra time.
“The rest of the IDPs in welfare camps will be resettled in two weeks. “The government has succeeded in bringing normality and stability to the North within just three years after a 30 – year- conflict.” The children’s home destroyed twice by the LTTE in 2005 was reconstructed and refurbished by the Army with financial assistance from well-wishers and social workers in Malaysia.
The Defence Secretary explained how the government and the military took maximum effort to accommodate IDPs who fled to the then LTTE controlled areas, even with pressure from international organisations who gave a wrong impression of the well- organised and easy to live welfare camps, stating the government was permanently accommodating IDPs in camps.
“But within three years, the displaced are returning due to the government’s timely and wise administration,” the Defence Secretary said.