Tamil Nadu MPs to leave for Sri Lanka today

      A delegation of Member of Parliament from Tamil Nadu will leave for Sri Lanka today for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in the relief camps. A ten-member delegation led by former Union Minister T R Baalu includes MPs from the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK), the Congress and the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK). The visit is being held on the invitation of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Issues like need for resettling the displaced Tamils in the places will be discussed with the Lankan Government. The delegation will also reviewed how the Lankan Government is spending Rs 500 crore relief sanctioned by the Centre. The delegation will return back on October 14. The delegation comprises four DMK MPs-T R Baalu, Kanimozhi, T K S Elangovan, A K S Vijyan, Helen Davidson, Congress MPs Sudarsana Nachiappan, N S V Chittan, J M Haron Rashid and K S Azhagiri and VCK MP Thol Thirumavalavan. Around 300,000 Sri Lankan Tamils were displaced in the final months of the offensive to wipe out the Tamil Tigers rebels, which ended on May 18. The Sri Lankan Government had announced that it would resettle at least 80 per cent of the displaced people by the end of the year. The United Nations, Indian and the Western Governments have urged Sri Lanka to let Tamil refugees return to their homes quickly.

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