Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ex-LTTE members get training and jobs in textile industry

EX-FEMALE cadres currently undergoing rehabilitation are to undergo garment industry related “On the Job” training and are to join the Garment sector work force at Tri-Star Apparels chain of garment factories on successful completion.

As the first step, Tri-Star apparel whilst giving training opportunities for 150 ex-female combatants at the Ratmalana garment factory will absorb them as permanent employees on completion of the training. They will get hostel accommodation at the factory along with food and other basic needs.

The inaugural ceremony of this significant event was held at Ratmalana Tri-Star Apparel factory on 31st May 2010. Hon Minister Dew Gunanasekara graced the occasion as a Chief Guest with Hon Minister Gamini Lokuge, Hon Deputy Ministers Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan and C.W. Vijayamuni Zoysa, Commissioner General of Rehabilitation, Brigadier Sudantha Ranasinghe, Chairman of Tri-Star Apparel Mr Kumar Devapura attending the ceremony as Guests of Honour.

The Tri-Star group has agreed to continue providing training and employment to female rehabilitees in the future as well and was gracious to give an undertaking to employ 1500 such female beneficiaries within the next 6 months.

In the meantime, one hundred and twenty ex-LTTE combatants also completed vocational training successfully at “Hand Work” vocational training centre at Kalutara, Payagala.

The certificate awarding ceremony was held at the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management Auditorium on 1st June 2010.

The function was graced by the Army Chief of Staff Major General R.M.D. Rathnayake, Commissioner General of Rehabilitation, Brigadier Sudantha Ranasinghe, Mr Bernad Savage, Head of Delegation EU, Mr Kosala Wickramanayake, President of FCCISL, Ms Dieneke van der wijk, Oxfarm GB, Country Director. Several other military and civil officers attended the ceremony as Guests of Honour.

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