ex-combatants to be released next month
By Arthur Wamanan
The next batch of rehabilitated ex-combatants is
likely to be released early next month, officials
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
“There are 34 females who are with us on court
order. They do not come under the usual procedure,”
In addition, the Rehabilitation Ministry has also
taken the initiative to assist the rehabilitated
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
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
“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.