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This Ministry very closely works with the Northern and Eastern Provinces Development Committee which co-ordinates the development works in the Northern and Eastern Districts. The committee works under the Prime Minister’s purview to addressed development issues in the Northern and Eastern areas. The Ministry works closely with the Committee and addresses the development needs and priorities, bottlenecks, issues including projects and programmes. The Ministry also supports all Northern and Eastern Districts in the formulation of District development plans by introducing results based management and sustainable development goals initiatives.   

A Special Dedicated reconciliation T.V channel is being established to promote reconciliation and integration to foster and improve nation-wide peace and harmony among different ethnicity in Sri Lanka in partnership Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation. This channel will help to bring the voices of the voiceless and empower them to strengthen reconciliation.

In this regard, the Nethra Channel will be established as a separate transmitting network for reconciliation TV channel. Special reconciliation programmes are developed to bring integration and reconciliation.

The 30 year old conflict has resulted in large number of internally displaced families, refugee returnees, war affected women headed families, missing person’s families and rehabilitated ex-combatants who have been identified as highly vulnerable population in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The proportion of population below the poverty line is said to be 6.9% whereas the conflict affected regions or district have very high incidence of poverty. For Example, in Mullaitivu poverty was reported as 28.8% in 2016/2017. Therefore, there is an economic disparity which needs to be addressed on an urgent basis. The Government of Sri Lanka has given very high priority for reducing disparities and to address poverty and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this context, the reconciliation focused economic empowerment project aims to target the highly vulnerable population and provide them livelihood and income generation interventions to uplift their social and economic conditions.

In this context, the proposed project aims to support the conflict affected vulnerable families with livelihood support covering agricultural and fisheries development, small enterprise development, micro and small industries development, livestock development and home gardening and plantation development programmes. The project will provide technology, training, working capital support, machineries and facilities, market facilitation, infrastructure access to credit and other related inputs to support sustainable family income of the conflict affected vulnerable families. The production in the Northern and Eastern Provinces will be supplied to the Southern part of the country resulting in a strong business linkage between North and South. These business and economic linkages are expected to benefit the national integration, social cohesion and reconciliation.

A Cabinet Memorandum was submitted by His Excellency the President as Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation and has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers to initiate and implement this programme.

The Economic Empowerment Projects supported 11,596 families with livelihood assistance such as cattle and goat rearing, fish boat and equipment, palmyrah products, small scale industry, agriculture, pottery and other self–employment assistance and other socio- economic infrastructure facilities for the conflict affected vulnerable families of which 14,000 families.

Ministry has taken action in collaboration with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to conduct banking clinics in order to facilitate access to credit for beneficiaries.

Under the transitional justice initiatives truth seeking, healing, reparation and non-recurrence have been identified as major components. The conflict has affected many people and resulted in trauma and other socio – physiological effects. It is important to ensure that the tragedies of the past does not ever recur again despite winning the war. We have yet to win the peace and in order to do so it is essential that we win the hearts of the people in the war affected areas.

In this regard, the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation has initiated many programmes to support healing, reparation and non-recurrence.

Schools – Geographically disadvantaged schools and schools in re-settled areas.

  1. Supported to construct 2 storied building in Karanavai Vetharanium Vidyalayam, Karaveddi DS Division.
  2. Support to construct school building in Kommanthurai Maha Vidyalayam in Batticaloa (Due to conflict situation the school was relocated and now the State Authorities released the school)
  3. Valachchenai Hindu College, Batticaloa – Supported to purchase laboratory equipment.
  4. Thiresa Ladies college, Kilinochchi – Supported to establish computer lab
  5. Ootrupulam GTMS - Supported to establish computer lab
  6. Ponuchchimunai Iqrah Vidyalayam in Batticaloa – construction of school building(These schools are in resettled areas and most of them are in the geographically disadvantaged areas.
  1. Provided support to renovate Vaddu Hindu College in Chankanai
  2. Provided 85 bicycles to school children in Poonakari Divisional Secretariat Division (geographically most disadvantaged areas) and facilitated to arrange school bus services to those areas.

Hospitals – Geographically disadvantaged hospitals that urgently requires re-activation

  1. Renovation of Dialysis Unit and provision of two Dialysis plants – Cheddikulam Base Hospital – Vavuniya – Unit has been renovated and Plants have been installed
  2. Upgrading the special baby care unit at Base hospital, Tellipalai with the facilities of 2 incubators, two infant suction apparatus, four infusion pumps and 2 syringes
  3. Supported to construct Cancer Home, Tellipalai
  4. ICU Equipment for Kilinochchi Hospitals
  5. Urgent necessary equipment for Maternity Unit, Tellipalai Hospital

Anchorages and Landing sites

  1. Development of Urani Anchorage for fishing purposes to provide livelihood support for 250 resettled fishing families
  1. Supported to develop Polikandy Anchorage at Valveddithurai, landing sites at Arali, landing sites at Urani, anchorage point at Palali North have been support for livelihood activities for the resettled fishermen

Others (Artificial limbs production)

  1. Establishment of a centre for Prosthetics and Research Unit at Faculty of Engineering, Kilinochchi.

Although the conflict ended in May 2009, there were isolated incidences of ethnic, religious and regional extremism at a very small scale fueled by very few extreme elements.

In the recent past, few incidence of religious extremism, racism, and communalism were reported in pockets of some localities. These incidences, if un-arrested may escalate on a wide-spread basis creating inter-ethnic and inter-religious tensions. Therefore, it is important to resolve these issues through a proper mechanism to ensure national integration, reconciliation, co-existence and sustainable peace.

The inadequate institutional mechanisms to address the issues were considered as a serious concern. The tension had been manifested in a spate of attacks on religious places. Therefore the DRC was established by H.E the President based on a Cabinet Decision to resolve the said issues at the local level through conflict resolution, mediation and amicable settlement.

The DRC comprising of District Secretary as the Convener, inter religious leaders of all faith, Superintendent of Police, Retired Judges and School principals and other relevant officials as observers. The objectives of the DRC are as follows:

  1. Study the background and causes of religious and ethnic tensions in the locality and formulate suitable strategy and approach to mediate the problem.
  1. Tension created due to attacks on religious places should be examined and rapid response should be provided to resolve conflict.
  1. Examine the root causes for the religious and ethnic conflict and invite all responsible parties including the perpetrators and victims and mediate through a conflict resolution approach
  1. Tensions and incidence to be reviewed in a more balanced perspective and negotiated between the groups to resolve the problems amicably.
  1. Maintain with the support of the District Office a database on incidence of tensions and attacks on religious and communal disturbances.
  1. Identify prominent layers and dynamics of the local context and undertake field inspections where necessary and mediate, negotiate and resolve conflict through appropriate methods and approaches.
  1. The team also should address verbal attacks or hate speeches which create problems and conflicts.

The DRCs have been established and operational in all 25 Districts to resolve ethnic and religious tensions and promote National Integration and Reconciliation at District level. The mechanism is currently in operation in all 25 Districts however, the DRCs Members will be provided additional training and orientation on conflict resolution, mediation and amicable settlements. When incidence of inter-religious and inter-ethnic tensions are reported in the Districts, the DRC get involved in solving the problems and issues.

Any unresolved issues will be reported back to the National Reconciliation Committee (NRC) for suitable intervention. Cabinet Memorandum also state that this mechanism should not in any way disturb the law and order arrangements and individual rights in the country.

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