Funds allocated in 2019 Budget to strengthen reconciliation to Tamils, NOT given yet.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa smiles during a ceremony to honor the soldiers who fought to defeat Tamil Tiger rebels in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, May 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
The Government today announced the allocation of funds in the 2019 Budget to boost post war reconciliation in the country.

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the allocation of funds will also assist families of the missing, including families of missing soldiers and Police.

 He said that the Office on Missing Persons will be adequately resourced to support families of the missing.
 The Minister announced the allocation of Rs. 200 million for the secretariat for coordinating reconciliation mechanisms which operates under the Prime Minister’s office.
 He said that funds will also be allocated for the Office for Reparations to be set up and operate.

The Minister also announced the establishment of the Palmyrah fund to fast track development in the North and the East.

 He invited well-wishers, especially the Tamil diaspora to contribute to the fund. (Colombo Gazette)

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