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  DEVELOPMENT & EMPLOYMENT ::

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

EMPLOYMENT PROJECTS AND OTHER ASSISTANCE DELIVERED BY 6 FIELD ENGINEER REGIMENT

 

1.         The 6 Field Engineer Regiment was given with the responsibility for under mentioned areas of interest in order to gain the public support and winning hearts and minds of the local population in the Security Force Head Quarters Area of Responsibility:

           

            a.Supervision of the construction of the Housing Scheme funded by the Government of India (GOI).

 

            b.Supervision of the construction of the Nurses Quarters of General Hospital of KILINOCHCHI.

 

            c.Supervision of the road construction by the Road Development Authority and Road Development Department (Rural Roads).

 

            d.Liaison and coordination of creating job opportunities for the unemployed personnel in the SFHQ KILINOCHCHI Area.  Finding a remedy for the existing problem of unemployment, creation of job opportunities; a brainchild of the Commander Security Forces was tasked to 6 Field Engineer Regiment. In SFHQ KILINOCHCHI area of responsibility, considerable numbers of families are unemployed. Those families do not have a single member employed. Since unemployment plays major role in increasing violence and criminality in the society, there is a potentially vulnerable community living in the KILINOCHCHI area. The statistics collected through the divisions, brigades and battalions are standing witness for aforesaid fact. The information was collected under following headings were considered for finding a remedy for the problem.

 

(1).The details of employed persons.

(2).The details of the families which do not have even a single person employed.

 (3).The details of the widowed families.

 

2. It was decided to conduct some projects to ease off the rate of unemployment. Both the Government and private sector is being consulted for the matter.  The booklet intends to discuss the matter in length in following chapters.


 

OBJECTIVES

 

3.         Objectives of the scheme of supervising and coordinating of housing project of government of india and nurses quarters of kilinochchi general hospital.

 

            a.Assisting of the Government of India for the construction of the housing scheme.

 

            b.Bridging the gap between Tamil Community and the SL Army.

 

            c.Assisting the Government of Sri Lanka on image building at district level.

 

4.         Objectives of the scheme of supervision, coordination and operation of infrastructure development. 

 

a. Facilitating the local population basically on transportation in terms of construction, repair and maintenance of access routes.

 

b.Assisting in image building of the Sri Lanka Army in order to pacify the differences from the local population.

 

5.         Objectives of the scheme to assist local population on provision of employment opportunities.

 

a. Lessen the unemployment rate in the area.

 

b.Winning the hearts and minds of the local population.

 

c. Using as a tool to reduce violence in the area.

 

d.In aid of promoting peaceful environment in the area.

 

e.Bridging the gap between army and the local population.

 

6.         Objectives of the disaster mitigation scheme.

 

            a. Prevention and minimizing the effects of natural disasters towards the local    

            population.

            b.Assisting the victims in natural disasters in the area.

            c.Reach the local population in order to change their perception on Sri Lanka Army.

d.Approaching and assisting in the local population in any disaster as a measure to image building.

 

e.Minimizing the damages caused by the disasters.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

SUPERVISION OF CONSTRUCTION OF THE HOUSING SCHEME FUNDED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA (GOI)

 

7.The Government of India (GoI) has stepped forward to launch a housing scheme as a goodwill gesture. The process was launched with the assistance of the Sri Lanka Army. The preliminary ground preparation was carried out by the 6 SLE for the erection of houses in selected locations.

 

 

 

 

 
     

 

  

8.The coordination and supervision also carried out by the Commanding Officer 6 Field Engineer Regiment for the site and the whole project. The spade work for the scheme was conducted by the 6 Fd SLE in terms of ground preparation and providing whole construction plant fleet for the project.

 


 

SUPERVISION AND ASSISTANCE TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NURSES QUARTERS OF GENERAL HOSPITAL-KILINOCHCHI

 

9.Owing to the obligation of assisting and taking care of the public in the area, there are so many areas needed to be addressed especially a district like KILINOCHCHI. A direct approach as well as indirect approach had been used to facilitate some of the infrastructure development in the area. This indirect approach also had contributed immensely to assist the public. Keeping above in the view, the responsibility of constructing the nurse’s quarters too had been laid upon 6 SLE.  The complete earth works starting from land preparation to construction of access routes too were carried out by 6 SLE. The nurse’s quarters will provide the accommodation facilities for the nurses attached to general hospital KILINOCHCHI which in turn would increase more instantaneous treatments for the patients.

 

   

 

 

INFORMATION COLLECTION PLAN REGARDING THE UNEMPLOYMENT

IN THE AREA

 

10.The collection of information was carried out through the under command formations and battalions of the SF HQ KILINOCHCHI. Three letters and three formats had been disseminated with the view of collecting reliable and credible information about the rate of unemployment. The formats delivered to formations and the battalions in the Area of Responsibility contained under mentioned information in order to evaluate the reality of the problem. Those three formats were used to collect information on under mentioned categories of the subjected families:

 

 

 

a.Collection of details on employment. The format has under mentioned categories to obtain details:

 

                        (1)Divisional Secretariat.

                        (2)Grama Niladhari Division.

                        (3)Village.

                        (4)Number of families.

                        (5) Number of family members older than 18 Years.

                        (6) Number of 18 year olds attached full time for education.

                        (7)Number of 18 year olds attached to household work.

                        (8)Number of retirees and elderly personal.

                        (9)Number of differently able personal.

                        (10)Number of employed personal (including self employed, Farming and migrants).

                        (11)Number of unemployed personal.

 

            b.Collection of details of families with none of a member employed. These details were obtained under following sub headings:

 

                        (1) Divisional Secretariat.

                        (2)Grama Niladhari Division.

                        (3)Village.

                        (4)Number of families who don’t have any of the members employed.

                        (5)Number of members who are older than 18 years.

 

 

            c.Collection of information on widowed families.

 

                        (1)Divisional Secretariat.

                        (2) Grama Niladhari Division.

                        (3)Village.

                        (4)Number of families widowed (Husband).

                        (5)Details of the family member.

                        (6)Numbers of family members employed.

                        (7)Number of families widowed (Wife).

                        (8)Details of the family member.

                        (9)Numbers of family members employed.

                        (10)Number of families which has none employed.

 

11.The results were collected from the formations and battalions and were analysed to arrive at the conclusion of needy families in the area. Those details are listed as below:

 

 

EMPLOYMENT / UNEMPLOYMENT DETAILS OF CIVILIANS IN SFHQ-KILINOCHCHI AREA

SER NO

DIVISION

NUMBER OF FAMILIES IN AOR

AGE BETWEEN 18 TO 55

UNEMPLOYED

EMPLOYED

(A)

(B)

(C)

(D)

(E)

(F)

MALE

FEMALE

MALE

FEMALE

MALE

FEMALE

1

57 DIV

22963

18806

20064

5098

8110

13708

11954

2

65 DIV

11195

9502

10157

2352

3323

7150

6834

3

66 DIV

7121

7174

5963

2413

3391

4761

2572

TOTAL

41279

35482

36184

9863

14824

25619

21360

 

EMPLOYMENT / UNEMPLOYMENT DETAILS OF BENEFICIARIES

SER NO

DIVISION

NUMBER OF FAMILIES IN AOR

AGE BETWEEN 18 TO 55

UNEMPLOYED

EMPLOYED

(A)

(B)

(C)

(D)

(E)

(F)

MALE

FEMALE

MALE

FEMALE

MALE

FEMALE

1

57 DIV

3981

1277

329

296

167

981

162

2

65 DIV

2646

604

148

223

98

381

50

3

66 DIV

1500

503

162

98

62

405

100

TOTAL

8127

2384

639

617

327

1767

312

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAMMES CONDUCTED TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO OBTAIN AN EMPLOYMENT

 

12. 6 Field Engineer Regiment liaised with several individuals as well as some organizations in order to create employment opportunities to best of the ability. In reference to that following efforts have been made until present:

 

            a.Employment opportunities available with Ms Romaine Diaz. Ms Romain Diaz is an individual personality who is being engaged with job market in the Island. The 6 SLE liaised with her and in turn she has given her contact details offering some job opportunities for those needy families in KILINOCHCHI Area.

 

            b.Certificate course in Hotel Operation.The Mount Lavenia Hotel had shown the interest in conducting a Hotel Operation Course as a reply to the request of the 6 SLE. The Nation Development Bank has step forward to grant the course fee as a loan to those personal who were keen to undergo the course. The course fee was Rs 100,000.00 per one person. An awareness course was conducted by the Principle of the Hotel School along with the Manager of the National Development Bank Vavuniya Branch on 9 Feb 2013.

 

 

 
     

           

13.       Further, continuing the effort, 6 Field Engineer Regiment has liaised with institutions which have provisions for unskilled labour, under mentioned number of vacancies for the unskilled labourers was obtained and informed to the clients:

 

            a.         VV Karunarathne and Company (construction company)    -           40 x Labourers.

            b.         Road Development Authority                                             -           20 x Labourers.

                                                                                                                 -           10 x Clerical  

                                                                                                                                Staff.

            c.         RN Construction (construction company)                           -           20 x labourers.

            d.         National Aquatic Resources Development Authority          -           2 x Clerical

                                                                                                                              Staff

 

14.       Similarly, NAQDA is conducting programmes to assist the unemployed families have under mentioned programmes designed:

 

            a.         National Aquatic Resources Development Authority (NAQDA): The NAQDA Office at KILINOCHCHI was approached by the 6 SLE and obtained following job opportunities available at the NAQDA Office and a scheme activated under the DIVINEGUMA Bill. The Scheme is meant to conduct Household Aquatic Cultivation and Sea Bass Cultivation which is for coastal area residents. That information has been disseminated to all the formations under command to SFHQ KILINOCHCHI.

           

            b.         National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA). 6 SLE approached the officials of the NAITA Office in KILINOCHCHI and following scheme was revealed for the purpose of providing an employment for unemployed personnel:

 

                        (1)        Craft Level.     Craft level (small scale) intended for a group of 5-10 personnel who would like to undergo training on variety of jobs which are conducted by the NAITA. The course will be conducted closer to the households of the trainees.

 

                        (2)        Village Level.     Village level (Larger Scale) intended for a group of 20-30 personnel which can be accommodated at once for the training. The course is centred in the village basis.

 

(3)        Situational Level.     Situational level training courses are intended to train personnel for the requirements which are arising randomly. A scheme such as establishing a new Garment Factory would create greater job opportunities and the employees would undergo training as per the requirement.

 

15.       The facts and figures of trainees undergoing training at present are mentioned below. Similarly, same number of opportunities will be made available as soon as the present course terminates. Those trainees will move to “On the Job” training as their first six months have been completed. The table 3 below displays the courses conducted which are centred in KILINOCHCHI:

 

COURSE NAME

NO OF APPRENTICE

MALE

FEMALE

TOTAL

NURSING ASSISTANT (Training 6 M + OJT6M)

-

25

25

COMPUTER (Trg 6 M + OJT 6 M)

25

25

50

STENOGRAPHER (Tamil)  (Trg 6 M + OJT 6 M)

25

25

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 3


 

Division

Craft Level (Small Level)

Village Level (Large Level)

Situational Level (According to the Vacancies Available)

OJT (K)

Total Apprentices

M

F

Total

M

F

Total

M

F

Total

Karachchi

88

34

122

82

48

130

4

8

12

18

282

Kandawalai

6

13

19

5

1

6

1

2

3

1

29

Poonakary

16

1

17

15

7

22

-

-

-

1

40

Pachchila Pallai

6

-

6

13

22

35

2

15

17

1

59

Total

116

48

164

115

78

193

7

25

32

21

410

16.       The table 4 below indicates the number of training courses which are conducted in decentralized basis moving into the outskirts of KILINOCHCHI:

 

Table 4

 

DISASTER MITIGATION SCHEME OF THE KILINOCHCHI AREA

 

17.       Kilinochchi District, like most of the districts in Sri Lanka is prone to natural disasters. Depending upon prevailing meteorological conditions following disasters have the potential to take place in Kilinochchi:

 

a.                   Flooding.

b.                  Potential damages to water reservoirs.

c.                   Cyclonic conditions.

d.                  Drought.

e.                   Bushfires.

 

18.       Identified disaster prone areas in KILINOCHCHI District

a.         FLOODING

(1)        KILINOCHCHI NORTH BOUND AREA.

(2)        ARANTHAN AREA.

(3)        WISHWAMADHU AREA.

(4)        POONARYN AREA.

(5)        AKKARAYAN KULAM AREA.

(6)        KALMADUKULAM AREA.

 

19.       MAJOR TANKS (IRRIGABLE AREA GREATER THAN 1500 ACS

a.                   IRANAIMADU Tank                                      (21985)      - Karachchi

b.                  AKKARAYANKULAM Tank                     (3417)           - Karachchi

c.                   KALMADU Tank                                          (4425)          -  Karachchi

d.                  KARIYAALAI NAGABADUWAN Tank  (1505)             -  Pooneryn

e.                   KUDAMURUDDY Tank                              (1600)           -  Pooneryn

 

20.       DROUGHT.         Coming months could lead to a drought in whole KILINOCHCHI area. Probability is low.

21.       CYCLONIC CONDITIONS.                    During the monsoonal season adverse weather conditions could be developed into cyclonic situation. In such a situation the Quick Reaction Teams can be deployed to assist Government Authorities and civilians.

 

22.       PREVIOUS DISASTER MITIGATION ACTIONS BY 6 SLE     Under mentioned actions were taken during previous torrential rains:

 

a.         Event:              Flooding.

b.         Location:         Pooneryn Area.

c.         Duration:         22 Dec 2012 to 02 Jan 2013.

d.         Task:               

            (1)        Observant on likely places where roads were subjected to inundation and to           facilitate the undisturbed traffic.

(2)        Assistance to the Irrigation Engineers on tanks which has potential sluice    gates which can be damaged due to swelling water levels.

 

            e.         Event:              Threatening swell of Iranamadu water levels.

f.          Location:         Iranamadhu Sluice Gates.

g.         Duration:         22 Dec 12 to 5 Feb 2013.

h.            Action:                       

            a.         A team was kept observing 24/7 with the Irrigation Engineer at sluice gates of Iranamadhu Tank.

 

23.       PROACTIVE MEASURES

a.         Clearance of obstructions at natural draining system in underlying areas.

b.            Predetermined evacuation areas for the civilians and troops.

c.         Constant observation during rainy season.

            d.         Utilization of Mass Communication Centre for quick warning.

e.         Deployment of Quick Reaction Teams.

f.          Establishment of Heli Evacuating Areas.

 

 

 

24.       DROUGHT

 

a.         Depending upon the torrential rainfall, in coming months especially in July onwards a possibility of a drought cannot be ruled out.

b.         A water distribution system has to be in place with the coordination and liaison with the DS.

c.         The sources to provide the water need to be earmarked and preserved in coordination with the Drainage and Water Supply Engineer.

 

25.       BUSHFIRE

 

      a.         With increasing temperatures in time to come there might be a possibility of occurring Bushfire in the area.

b.         Proactive Measures:

(1)        Creation/ maintenance of Bushfire control paths.

(2)        Water storage points at most likely areas.

(3)        Pre-determined areas for deployment of Quick Reaction Teams.

 

 

PROGRESSION OF THE SCHEMES

 

26.       Progression of the Hotel Operation Training Scheme.                 

There were 85 candidates participated for the first round of the interview. Out of them there were 20 candidates were selected for the second round. There were only 2 candidates were elected for the training after the second round and based on the outcome of the final interview Hotel Cooperation arrived at the decision that conducting a course for 2 persons would not worth the effort and they were of the view that minimum of 35 x personnel should be available in order to conduct the course. However they have offered the opportunity for those 2 personnel to undergo the training either on VAUNIYA or COLOMBO which was declined by the later.

27.       Progression of the Scheme for provisioning of Labour for Public and Private Sector.   

  The progress of the scheme is yet to be informed by all the formations and battalions. There were 20 personnel had been reported to the work at the VV Karunarathne and Company but the reporting for the employment was observed inconsistent and at present only 3 personnel have been continue to report for the employment. All other vacancies stand to remain vacant.

28.       Progression of the Disaster Mitigation System           Disaster mitigation system stand as it is for any disaster which may takes place in KILINOCHCHI Area.

 

CONCLUSION

29.       Infrastructure is a fact that needs to be established before any civilization could establish them in a society. Similarly, after the war, the suffering of the local victims of the war would need to establish them with the proper infrastructure projects which have been under taken by the 6 Field Engineer Regiment will pay its dividends in time to come.  The closer SLA approach the civilians who were battered by the war would promote deeper mutual understanding of each other’s values and social needs. That will in turn promote sustainable peace particularly in the area .

 

 
 
Commander Security Forces Kilinochchi
Major General A Kariyakarawana USP ndc