Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister Visit East-based Rehabilitation Centres & Reintegrated 57 Beneficiaries

Hon. Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms DEW Gunasekara, accompanied by Ministerial Sectary Mr. A. Dissanayake and Commissioner General of Rehabilitation, Brig.Sudantha Ranasinghe paid a visit to the East-Based Protective Accommodation and Rehabilitation Centres (PARCs) on Last Thursday (11-11-2010) morning and addressed the Rehabilitees and Rehabilitation Staff in the Centers.

As the first stop of the tour on Thursday, the visiting Hon. Minister DEW Gunasekara and the Delegations on arrival at the Thrikonamadu Rehabilitation Centre was warmly received by the Air Commodore Anil Narasinghe, Chief Coordinator Thrikonamadu. The next moment was of professional importance as the Minister DEW Gunasekara rose to his feet to address a gathering of about 1000 Rehabilitees.

In his address to the gathering, Rehabilitation Minister Reminded that out of the 11696 Former LTTE combatants who surrendered to the Security Forces, over 5400 Beneficiaries have been reintegrate after rehabilitation. He further added that all others except the Former LTTE combatants against whom legal action are pending would be reintegrated soon.

The visiting Rehabilitation Minister afterwards left for the Rehabilitation Centre in Kandalkadu. Brig.KWY Jayathilaka received the Minister warmly and invited to observe the cultivating.

The Final leg of the day itinerary added a special significance as the Rehabilitation Minister in the company of Ministerial Sectary and Commissioner General of Rehabilitation went to Senapura Rehabilitation Centre to attend for reintegration of rehabilitees. Lt.Col. UR Abeyrathne, Rehabilitation coordinating officer (East) welcomed the Minister and other delegations and briefed them on the recent rehabilitation process.

The most amazing event of the day was the reintegration of rehabilitees with their families, the happiness tears falling from their eyes with a smile in their face made everyone feel the importance of reintegration with proper rehabilitation which assure social-economic reintegration. 57 Males were among those who rejoined with their families to start a new life.