Puducherry: The recent visit of an Indian Parliamentary delegation to Sri Lanka to assess the post-war conditions had resulted in the ethnic Tamils in the island gaining confidence and faith that the Indian Government was keen about their rehabilitation, Minister of State in the PMO
V Narayanasamy said on Sunday.

A 'firm hope and confidence' had emerged among the Tamils in the island republic that the UPA Government in India was keen about their rehabilitation and welfare, he told reporters here.

"The Centre would persist in its enthusiasm to rehabilitate the Tamils with the cooperation of all," he said listing initiatives, including a Rs 1,000 crore railway project and construction of 50,000 houses, taken up by India for the rehabilitation of Tamils displaced in the war against LTTE.

The delegation led by Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj had held detailed discussions with the Tamils during their visit and submitted a report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The team had also placed before Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa the requirements and the grievances of the Tamils in the island and also their plea for creation of a separate administrative set up.

(Agencies)