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Over 4,500 ex-combatants being rehabilitated, says Brig. Ranasinghe

By Arthur Wamanan
The next batch of rehabilitated ex-combatants is likely to be released early next month, officials said.
Rehabilitation Commissioner, Brigadier Sudantha Ranasinghe told The Nation that more than 4,500 ex-combatants were being rehabilitated and they would be released in several batches as in the past.
“We have around 4,660 ex-combatants. They will be released in batches once the rehabilitation process is completed,” Brig. Ranasinghe said.
He pointed out that there were no females or children left.
“There are 34 females who are with us on court order. They do not come under the usual procedure,” he said.
In addition, the Rehabilitation Ministry has also taken the initiative to assist the rehabilitated ex-combatants.
Speaking on issues faced by ex-combatants in finding employment, Brig. Ranasinghe pointed out that it was a common problem faced by all the people.
“The issue could be solved if some of the big textile companies moved to the Wanni. I think they have already planned in doing so in the future,” he added.
Brig. Ranasinghe said that the Ministry had launched a loan scheme that provides Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 250,000 to those who need assistance once they have been sent back into society. He said that the loans could be paid back in 10 years with an interest rate of 4%.
“That scheme has been going on for a while now. There are those who have been given training in various fields and not being able to get jobs. We have received some applications and we are willing to assist them through such loan schemes,” Brig. Ranasinghe added.