Measures to upgrade resettlement programme
COLOMBO: Recommendations and decisions were taken on key policy
issues regarding post-resettlement development at the 10th meeting of
the Consultative Committee on Humanitarian Assistance (CCHA) recently
chaired by Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Disaster Management and
Human Rights. Following were the decisions taken:
It was decided, with the concurrence of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Defence
Secretary that I/NGOs will be given access to resettled areas in
Batticaloa to carry out livelihood and infrastructure development
programmes. The Government of Sri Lanka will facilitate access.
A decision was made to request the UN to provide consultants to work
with relevant line ministries in drawing up an overall plan of action on
post-resettlement needs which can then be a guiding factor to utilise
donor assistance in a coordinated and systematic manner.
The UN and other international representatives at the CCHA welcomed
this decision. It also decided to carry out an immediate assessment on
the nutrition/health situation of resettled IDPs in Vakarai and assess
the need for medical facilities in resettled areas. The CCHA
Sub-Committee on Health is to spearhead this effort.
The co-chairs of the CCHA Sub-Committees on IDPs: Resettlement and
Welfare, Logistics and Essential Services, Livelihood, Education and
Health will be asked to embark on a similar exercise within their
respective mandates with immediate effect.
The CCHA, a high-level committee appointed to deal with issues
concerning humanitarian assistance - is chaired by Disaster Management
Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe.
The CCHA comprise Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary, Secretaries
of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights, Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Nation Building and Estate
Infrastructure Development, the Ministry of Resettlement and Disaster
Relief Services; the Commissioner General of Essential Services (CGES);
a representative from the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process
(SCOPP); the Chairman of the Co-Chairs and Ambassador, United States of
America, O. Blake; Frederick Lyons, Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian
Coordinator of the UN; heads of agencies of the UNHCR and OCHA; ECHO and
the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA).