Overseas Tamil Donor Offers Financial Support to Rehabilitated Combatants & Wanni Farmers

A Tamil philanthropist cum donor, setting an exceptional example to all those interested in economic well-being of their own community recently offered his financial assistance to five civilians and two rehabilitated former LTTE combatants for improvement of their new livelihoods.

The overseas donor, Mr C. Rathnasingham after observing financial constraints, associated with agricultural and vocation of five peasants and two rehabilitated former LTTE combatants in Kalmadu area under 611 Brigade of the Security Forces Headquarters, Wanni (SFHQ-W), offered a sum of Rs. 675,000/= for distribution to those men via Vavuniya People’s Bank on repayment basis. Loans are to be repaid after they succeed in their vocations within a period of one year.

This interest-free loan facility was made available on agreements of understanding sans any surety bonds or guarantors on the recommendations of the Civil Affairs Office of the Brigade Headquarters.

More importantly, the donor, impressed with vocational projects, being undertaken by two rehabilitated former LTTE combatants, simultaneously, offered each of them with Rs. 100,000/= and Rs. 75,000/= on the same basis of repayment upon progress of their trades. One of them is a budding electrician and the other is a businessman from the same area.

Distribution of those financial incentives on repayment basis took place during a ceremony at the 611 Brigade Headquarters under the aegis of Major General A.K.S Perera, Commander, SFHQ-W.

Kalmadu, an agricultural village, away from Vavuniya has a large community of paddy and vegetable cultivators and their survival is dependent purely on the income, they receive from farming, but the lack of financial resources for cultivations very often hampers their continuing work.

Under the programme, except one, all other six personnel received Rs. 100,000/= as loans, out of the donation of Rs. 675,000/=, following deposits made by the overseas-based Tamil donor who was associated with the recent distribution ceremony at Kalmadu.

The simple ceremony was attended by Brigadier P.J.A Weerasinghe, Commander, Forward Maintenance area, North Central Province, Brigadier A. Kariyakarawana, General Officer Commanding, 61 Diivision, Brigadier A.K.P Wickremasinghe, Brigadier D.M.D.C.D Gunawardena, Brigadier K.G.D Perera, 611 Brigade Commander, People’s Bank Manager, officials, civilians and loan recipients.

(Courtesy - Army.lk)