Tamil Nadu CM announces ₹317 cr package for Eelam Tamil refugees

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Today, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin announced a welfare package of INR 317 crore, including rebuilding houses for Eelam Tamil refugees living in the camps of Tamil Nadu.

“A committee would be set up soon for their welfare, which shall among other things work towards long term solutions on matters like citizenship and making arrangements for those returning to Sri Lanka,” Mr. Stalin said.

Making a statement in the Assembly, the Chief Minister said ₹261.54 crore would be for improving infrastructure including reconstruction of houses for those living in camps, ₹12.25 crore towards ensuring education and job opportunities and ₹43.61 crore for raising their living 

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“Till date, 3,04,269 Lankan Tamils have arrived in Tamil Nadu since 1983. Of them, 58,822 people belonging to 18,944 families are housed in 108 camps spread across 29 districts and 34,087 people are living outside the camps after due registration,” he said.

Member of Sri Lankan Parliament Selvam Adaikalanathan thanked the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M K Stalin. In a letter to Tamil Nadu CM, Tamil MP says that a Chief Minister of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly has announced such schemes for the first time.

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