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The Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation under the direction of His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena has taken initiative to provide livelihood support for war affected widows as a first phase initiative in the conflict affected Northern Province under the project titled "healing mind for dignified life" covering Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu Districts said Mr.V.Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation.

Under this programme livelihood support of Rs.100,000 is provided to women headed families covering war widows, women who have lost their breadwinners, women headed families with missing persons and disabled, women headed IDPs and refugee returnees and rehabilitated ex-combatants who are caught-up in the poverty trap. Livelihood support includes support for agriculture, fisheries, small industries, micro enterprises, self-employment, handicrafts, poultry, livestock, fruits and vegetable planting and other related income generating assistance. This programme was launched to mark international women's day said Mr.V.Sivagnanasothy, the Ministry Secretary.

132 women headed families  are covered under the first phase of the programme. The total cost of the programme is Rs.14 million. This programme will be extended to many families in near future.

Urani village in Tellippalai, Jaffna which was under the custody of Sri Lanka forces has been released and Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation has initiated a land mark project to construct anchorages and landing sites for the fishing community for which Rs.4.6 Million has already been released to the District Secretary. Large number of fishing families will be benefited through this anchorage and landing sites and re-established their livelihood activities and helped to mainstream into the national development initiatives said Mr.V.Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation.

These initiatives have been launched under the direction of His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena as quick impact projects (QIPs) under the reconciliation process.

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