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Puttalam Muslim Secretariat highlights Muslim refugee problem

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The Secretariat of Displaced Muslims in Puttalam recently drew the attention of the relevant authorities to the plight of 27,000 displaced Muslims, who had been denied the right to exercise their franchise at the forthcoming local government polls. This involved those living in the area as well as those resettled in Jaffna, Mannar etc.

A. C. M. Mackeen the Deputy Commissioner of the Displaced Muslim Secretariat said that displaced Muslims were being sent from pillar to post without registration in their former places of residence in the Northern Region or their present place of abode in the Puttalam district

He said that when the displaced Muslims went to their respective District Secretariats in the North they were told that the time had lapsed for registration on November 15th

The matter needed immediate attention of the Commissioner of Elections to find a solution for the problem.

Meanwhile the Commissioner of the Displaced Muslim Secretariat in Puttalam M. N. M. M. Fahiri said that despite undue delays in the appointment of a new Secretary, former Secretary to the Ministry of Resettlement M. B. Dissanake had been reappointed and he had met with the new Minister of Resettlement Gunaratna Weerakoon to bring to his attention the problems faced by the non-issuance of dry rations to the refugees from December 2009

He said that due to the policy of the government issuing rations only to those who had been resettled in their former areas, around 51,000 persons belonging to 14,000 families were affected.

They were still to be resettled as some of their lands were still uncleared and some were in the High Security Zones.

Fahiri said that one of the major problems the Muslims who were displaced in the early 1990s faced was the provision of land. The number of Muslim families had increased due to marriages of their children during the last two decades they spent outside the North and some had lost possession of their deeds and were in a quandary.

There were other problems such as the shortage of infrastructure facilities , inadequate livelihood programmes for the 43,100 persons belonging to 10,500 families that were resettled in the districts of Jaffna, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Killinochchi.

In addition, 102 persons belonging to 26 families resettled in Kuchaveli, Thampalakamam and Kanthalai areas of the Trincomalee district and 43 persons belonging to 30 families resettled in Eravur and Valachchenai areas of the Batticaloa district faced similar problems,- By Franklin R.Satyapalan TheIsland


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December 10, 2010 at 3:48 pm

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