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Govt. committed to solve unemployment problem - Minister Bathiudeen

THE Government is committed to solve the country's unemployment problem by filling existing vacancies in the State sector and foreign employment opportunities, said Minister of Rehabilitation and District Development (Vanni) Rishad Bathiudeen.

He was addressing a group of young men who have completed a training in several skilled categories, last week.

These youth who have been displaced from the Vanni, underwent skilled courses of training in the fields of electrical wiring, plumbing and pipe fitting and aluminium fabrication at CINEC Maritime Campus in Malabe, which is a private institute engaged in providing training in industrial, technical and engineering fields particularly in maritime engineering for the past 15 years.

The entire cost of the training was borne by the Ministry of Rehabilitation and District Development (Vanni).

The Minister Bathiudeen added that he would continue to fulfill his election pledges given to the people. "It is one of the pledges that youth be given foreign employment opportunities and it is in this direction that these young men are trained in order to find suitable overseas employment, he added.

Minister Bathiudeen reminded that the Government under the able leadership of President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, has undertaken several projects in the affected areas of the Vanni for the benefit of the internally displaced families.

He said that the President has given him the entire responsibility in solving the problems of the Internally Displaced Muslim Families (IDMF) in the Vanni, who are living under trying conditions in welfare centers and camps mostly in the Puttalam District and other districts such as Anuradhapura, Kurunegala, Gampaha and Kalutara.

"A special Commissioner's Office will be set up in Puttalam to look into the welfare of the IDMF for which the President had obtained Cabinet approval". he added.

He said a special unit for rehabilitation under his ministry would be set up for speedy rehabilitation activity.

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