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India ready to release more funds to SL for Tamils: PC

Last updated on: October 18, 2009 18:55 IST
India is ready to release more funds to Sri Lanka for rehabilitation of the displaced Tamils in the country in addition to Rs 500 crore allocated earlier, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Sunday.

"The Centre had already allocated Rs 500 crore (towards the rehabilitation of Tamils). We can allocate more if required," Chidambaram told mediapersons after a meeting with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.

The two leaders among others discussed the resettlement of an estimated 2.5 lakh internally displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka. The minister said his discussion with Karunanidhi centered on the visit of the 10 MPs' delegation to Sri Lanka last week which met Tamils to know their living conditions.

The modalities regarding the resettlement of Sri Lankan Tamils to their original places were discussed, he said adding that 5,000 persons have been sent back to their homes since Colombo started the process of resettling last week following assurances given to the MPs team.

Though the process was 'slow' to start with, it will gain momentum, he said, adding that he discussed with Karunanihdi ways and suggestions that could be given to Sri Lanka for the resettlement of Tamils to their original places.

Text: PTI

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