M.K, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. Namal Rajapaksa (the son of Mahinda Rajapakaa, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka) welcomed Stalin’s announcement about a welfare package to aid Sri Lankan Tamil refugees and invited them to return home.
Stalin announced schemes to help the welfare of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees worth Rs 317.4 million on August 27. Stalin made a statement to the Tamil Nadu Assembly that his government would build 7,469 homes for refugees who live in different camps in the state.
This scheme would cost Rs 231.54 crore.
Namal Rajapaksa, reacting to the announcement, tweeted Saturday: “While welcoming Tamil Nadu’s CM MK Stalin’s statement about Sri Lankan refugees, the end of war in 2009 saw the former government of Mahinda Rajapaksa welcome back refugees who fled to Tamil Nadu.” Statists show that 3,567 families returned to Sri Lanka after UNHRC facilitation.
“Those who have returned home and need assistance have been provided housing and other livelihoods. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, will ensure that all refugees returning home are safe and can start their lives over again. Stalin announced that Rs. 108.81 crores would also be allocated for the first phase of building 510 new homes.
He stated that the Educational Relief Package would provide scholarships for the top 50 Engineering students in the community. Postgraduate students will also be eligible for scholarships and waivers on hostel fees.
“A committee will be established to assist refugees in their welfare and improve camp facilities. Each family will be provided with a stove and gas cylinder at no cost. Additionally, they can get up to five refills of the cylinders each year at a reduced price. During the 26-year-long ethnic war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the majority Sinhala government, the Sri Lankan Tamils, mostly from the war-torn Northern peninsula, fled to India.
The war was won in May 2009 by the two Rajapaksa brothers Mahinda and Gotabaya, who were the President and Defence Secretary respectively.
Since 1983, 3,042,269 Tamils hailing from Sri Lanka have lived as refugees in Tamil Nadu. These 58,822 Tamils are currently living in refugee camps located in 29 districts.
Many refugees live outside of the camps.