Sri Lanka sets up National Action Plan to implement LLRC recommendations

 July 26, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has prepared a National Action Plan to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers Wednesday has approved the National Action Plan submitted by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa and appointed a Task Force headed by the Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga to monitor the implementation of the recommendations of the LLRC.

The Action Plan has named implementation of recommendations according to activity, key responsible agency, key performance indicator and a timeframe for each task. A committee headed by the Secretary to the President has drafted the plan.

Addressing a media briefing today Weeratunga said that institutions to implement the relevant recommendations, a main task index and a time frame are included in the National Action Plan.

The LLRC handed over its report with 285 recommendations and a large number of sub recommendations to the President in November 2011.

These recommendations categorized into four main groups are to be implemented on long, medium and short term basis.

Recommendations relating to National Policy, the final phase of the conflict, human rights and National security concerns, and resettlement and development, are the four main categories. They cover the international humanitarian issues, human rights, land return and resettlement, restitution and compensatory relief, and reconciliation.

The Cabinet has decided that the General Treasury will provide the funds required for the implementation of the Action Plan, depending on the requirement and within the stipulated time frame.

Funds for the purpose from 2013 onwards too will be provided by the General Treasury to the respective Institutions.

Some of the recommendations will be implemented this year while the others may be implemented next year after the budget for 2013 is prepared as the 2012 budget allocations to the ministries have been done before the release of the LLRC report last year, Secretary said.

The cabinet spokesman Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that 60 percent of the short term recommendations has already been implemented.

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