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* Sri Lanka to present bill to extend term of Resettlement Authority
Fri, Feb 15, 2013, 11:30 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 15, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will present in parliament an amendment bill seeking to extend the term of the authority responsible for resettlement of displaced people.

The government received approval from the Cabinet of ministers yesterday to present the draft bill prepared by the Legal Draftsman to extend the period of the Resettlement Authority Act of 2007 for another three years after April 10, 2013.

The Resettlement Authority under the Ministry of Resettlement had a fixed term of six years and its term was due to expire on April 10, 2013.

Minister of Resettlement Gunaratne Weerakoon submitted the proposal to the Cabinet to present the draft Bill to parliament.

According to the Secretary to the Resettlement Ministry, the decision to extend the term was taken despite the closure of the Manik Farm camp after successfully relocating most of the 300,000 displace people at the end of the war in May 2009, since there are still pockets of displaced people in the country that need to be resettled.

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