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Chennai : With the arrival of four more Sri Lankan Tamils ​​in the state, the Tamil Nadu government is preparing itself for more refugees arriving on the state’s shores.

Chief Minister MK Stalin has already sent instructions to various state government departments to prepare themselves for the arrival of more Sri Lankan Tamils ​​as the crisis continues in the island nation.

A senior bureaucrat said: “Already 20 Sri Lankan Tamils ​​have been kept in the Mandapam refugee camp since their arrival in Lanka following the financial crisis and our chief minister has directed all concerned departments to have a liberal approach towards refugees. ,

Chief Minister Stalin has already sent letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar requesting them to be involved in the matter.

In the latest incident of refugee arrival, a family of four-husband, wife and two children reached Dhanushkodi. The Marine Police took him into custody and handed him over to the Mandapam camp.

The Sri Lankan Tamil family, while talking to reporters at the Mandapam camp on Friday, said they were in abject poverty and did not have the means to even provide food to the family, so they had no option but to reach India.

Talking to media persons, Kishanthan (34) said that there was no food and the family had to sleep without food for several days. He said Sri Lankan fishermen helped the family cross the Indian shores and reach Dhanushkodi.

He said more refugees from the island nation will soon reach Indian shores and they are jobless. Kishanthan said that he was a fisherman but lack of fuel prompted him to shift to masonry but regular power cuts affected that job as well. The Sri Lankan Tamil refugee said that this led him to leave for India with his family.

Kishanthan also said that he had lived in the Pudukottai refugee camp between 2006 and 2010 and that his wife Ranjeetha lived in the Krishnagiri refugee camp from 2006 to 2010 and was therefore familiar with the Indian environment. He also said that he has some relatives in Tamil Nadu who will help.

Notably, 16 Sri Lankan Tamils ​​reached the shores of India as refugees in two batches on 22 March. They have been kept in the Mandapam refugee camp following an advisory issued by the Commissioner for Rehabilitation and Welfare of Non-Resident Tamils. Mandapam seaside police told IANS that no case has been registered against them.

 

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