'City of Trincomalee' to ferry refugees

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 21 March 2000, 23:20 GMT]
The privately owned passenger vessel 'City of Trincomalee' is to be used for transporting displaced Jaffna people from the Vanni region to north under the resettlement scheme. The expenses will be borne by the State. Refugees will not be charged any fee, according to a letter sent by the Commissioner General of Essential Services to Trincomalee Divisional Secretary.

Until last month, cargo vessel Lanka Muditha chartered by the Commissioner General of Essential Services for transporting food and other materials to the north, had also been used to ferry refugees and civilian passengers to and from Jaffna and Trincomalee. Refugees were transported free of charge, but civilian passengers were charged Rs: 600 per head.

The Commissioner General of Essential Services N.A.Obadage has now informed Trincomalee's Divisional Secretary to make arrangements to send 2500 displaced Jaffna refugees from Vanni region to Jaffna district by the vessel "City of Trincomalee". Each sailing will take 250 refugees.

The management of the vessel has agreed to transport 2500 displaced Jaffna refugees now staying at welfare centers at Vavuniya and Mannar to north. However the office of Commissioner General of Essential Services has agreed to pay Rs. 1000 per head to the management of the vessel for transporting refugees.

According to Commissioner General of Essential Services, the vessel "City of Trincomalee" is to arrive Trincomalee harbor today.

Trincomalee's Divisional Secretary has now alerted officials responsible for looking after the interests of displaced Jaffna refugees in Mannar and Vavuniya to be ready with lists of names of persons to be ferried from Trincomalee to Kankesanthurai, with the arrival of "City of Trincomalee".

In the meantime, uncertainty prevails whether the vessel " City of Trincomalee" will take civilian passengers to and from Trincomalee and Jaffna in addition to displaced persons from Vanni region.

 

Latest 15 Reports
19.04.18 21:15   Photo
JUSU urges Tamils to mark Mu'l'livaaykkaal Remembrance in its true spirit of uprising
18.04.18 23:03  
Cooray emerges as broker of civil contracts to occupying Sinhala military in North
17.04.18 23:31  
SL Resettlement Ministry twists figures on lands seized by Sinhala military in North
16.04.18 20:02  
Mano Ganesan challenged in Jaffna, politician complains of threat
15.04.18 10:13  
7 DS officials under pressure to collaborate with Sinhala colonisation schemes in Batticaloa
14.04.18 23:19  
Colombo schemes new type of subservient CSD colonies in Jaffna diverting foreign aid
13.04.18 23:18   Photo
SL military brings back paramilitary violence to control peaceful protests as NGO tricks fail
12.04.18 19:03  
SL Forest department blocks access to 300 acres of agricultural lands in Ampaa'rai
11.04.18 23:20  
Tamil political prisoner launches hunger-strike at Anuradhapura prison
10.04.18 18:19  
Genocidal Sri Lanka imposes forcible military training for CSD pre-school teachers
09.04.18 11:40   Photo
Fisheries society cautiously welcomes Court decision on fishing access to Naayaa'ru Tamils
08.04.18 23:28  
Militarisation of pre-schools akin to child soldiering: NPC Education Minister
07.04.18 21:34  
Muslim politicians block relocation of SL military base in Batticaloa
06.04.18 06:35   Photo
NPC finally awakens against SL Mahaweli Authority obstructing territorial integrity of Tamil homeland
05.04.18 16:46  
Vavuniyaa Judge warns SL Attorney General against delaying tactics on TPP cases
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=4842