Resettlement, development and security in the northern providence :
President appoints Task Force
Mandated to report within one year :
President Mahinda Rajapaksa by virtue of powers vested
in him by Article 33 (f) of the Constitution of the Democratic,
Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, has appointed a 19- member Presidential
Task Force for Resettlement, Development and Security in the Northern
Province. It is mandated to prepare strategic plans, programs and
projects to resettle internally displaced persons, rehabilitate and
develop economic and social infrastructure of the Northern Province.
The other activities commissioned to the Task Force
* To coordinate activities of the security agencies of
the Government in support of resettlement, rehabilitation and
* To direct and oversee the implementation of the said
plans, programs and projects of the relevant state organizations
including the relevant provincial authorities.
* To liaise with all organizations in the public and
private sectors and civil society organizations for the proper
implementation of programs and projects.
* To seek, identify and apply innovative solutions to
problems and constraints confronted in the execution of the mandate of
the Task Force.
* To regularly review the progress of the
implementation of the said programs and projects and to take immediate
corrective actions where necessary.
Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa MP has
been appointed as the Chairman of the Task Force with Essential Services
Commissioner General S.B.Divarathne been appointed as the Secretary.
Other members of the Task Force are, Secretary to the
President, Lalith Weeratunge, Secretary, Defence, Public Security Law
and Order, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary, Ministry of Finance and
Planning, Sumith Abeysinghe, Secretary, Ministry of Resettlement and
Disaster Relief Services, U L M Haldeen, Secretary, Ministry of Nation
Building and Estate Infrastructure Development, W.K.K.Kumarasiri,
Secretary, Ministry of Highways and Road Development,
S.Amarasekera, Secretary, Ministry of Power and
Energy, M M C Ferdinando, Secretary Ministry of Land and Land
Development, J R W Dissanayake, Secretary, Ministry of Health Care and
Nutrition, Dr. Athula Kahandaliyanage, Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief
Marshal G D Perera, Commander of the Army Lt.Gen.Sarath Fonseka,
Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Commander of
the Air Force, Air Marshall, W D R M J Gunatillake, Inspector General of
Police, Jayantha Wickremarathne,
Director General\Department of Civil Defence, Rear
Admiral S P Weerasekera, Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army\Competent
Authority for the Northern Province Maj.Gen.G A Chandrasiri, Former
Director General\National Planning Dept. B.Abeygunewardena .
The Presidential directive appointing the Task Force
dated May 07, 2009 required it to complete it's mandate and report to
the President on the completion of the mandate within one year. The
Gazette containing this directive was published yesterday.
At the first meeting of the Task Force held yesterday
Senior Presidential Advisor and the Chairman of the Task Force Basil
Rajapaksa MP said, that 90 percent of the territory of the Northern
Province had been cleared of terrorism by the Security Forces at great
sacrifice under the guidance and leadership of President Mahinda
The highest tribute that can be paid to the war heroes
is to provide the IDPs with basic facilities, to resettle them in their
original native places and to restore their livelihoods. Already
Security Forces have taken steps to provide security to cleared areas
and the Government led by the President has drawn its attention to the
security of the people, security of the North and of the country, he
He further said that the President had sent a
directive yesterday to all Secretaries of Ministries to make
arrangements to resettle IDPs in their original homes and to restore
their lost livelihoods. In the aftermath of the conflict in the East the
Government successfully resettled IDPs. In the near future, IDPs in the
North too will be resettled, pledged Basil Rajapaksa MP.
Courtesy : Daily News