I’d like to explain what we have achieved after the end of the conflict. The government has resettled 297,000 Internally Displaced Persons which is no small achievement. Demining which is a very complex thing, has been quite successful in the North. The government re-integrated the ex- combatants into the mainstream society. They were the people who had taken arms against the state. Having exposed them to many different programmes, the government has taken steps to resettle them in their villages. That is a significant achievement too. Nobody can deny the extent of economic progress which has taken place in the Northern Province of the country during the last four years, where the economy is growing at 22% when the overall national growth is around 6%. Community life has been normalised in that part of the country where there was so much of chaos during the time of terrorism. In that part of the country, there was nothing to look forward to; there were only emptiness and darkness. But now the economic growth in the region has been restored.
Fishing, Agriculture and a multitude of other industries have been given renewed life. The social well-being, in terms of education, healthcare and all other facets have been looked into and are developed on par with the rest of the country. What you see today is, in essence, an economic renaissance in that part of the country.