Japan grants Rs 244M for demining efforts

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Government of Japan (GoJ) provided USD 681,812 (Rs. 244 million) through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) to Delvon Assistance for Social Harmony (DASH) for humanitarian demining activities in Northern Sri Lanka, the Japanese Embassy in Sri Lanka said yesterday (29). The grant contract was signed on Tuesday (28) at the DASH operational area in Muhamalai in Kilinochchi, between Japan’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Hideaki Mizukoshi, and Ambassador and DASH Programme Manager Ananda Chandrasiri. 

DASH has cleared more than 152km of mine-contaminated land since 2010, and around 6.52 km of this was achieved through the assistance of the Japan’s GGP, the Embassy said. The new project is expected to contribute to the Government’s demining efforts, enabling direct or indirect livelihood enhancement of more than 2,000 people living in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts.

Japan has been a major donor to Sri Lanka in this endeavour since 2002, currently assisting all four demining operators in Sri Lanka, having more than USD 42 million of funding disbursed thus far for achieving this goal. 

Chandrasiri said, “Japan’s, this phase of assistance to DASH has become more supportive due to the dire economic situation in Sri Lanka at present, with livelihood assistance being provided directly to 135 DASH employees and their families, and indirectly to many others. We are grateful to Japan and her people. 

The most significant factor achieved in the national mine action programme of our country funded by Japan and other friendly countries and organisations has been bringing the young people, who were directly or indirectly involved in the conflict, to resume a peaceful and content life.”

(PA and SRM)