Written by Bella Dalima
27 Jun, 2014 | 9:06 pm
The foundation stone for a water scheme in the Vattakachchi area in Kilinochchi, was laid on Friday.
The event was held under the auspices of the Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran.
A sum of Rs. 32 million has been allocated for this project by the Northern Provincial Council.
Northern Province Education Minister, T. Kurukularajah expressed these views at the vent:
[quote]Kokkulaiveli is a village located on the border of the Mullaitivu district. They have grabbed the traditional lands of Tamil people and have built shacks there. Stone houses have been built close to that. Within a few more months they will build roads and supply electricity too. This was done in several months. We had to wait for 30 years to initiate a project like this for the people and enable them to live. Today, they have acquired lands within three years and are building houses too. This is the biggest problem in the country today. We are raising a voice against this.[/quote]
TNA Parliamentarian S. Sridharan shared these views:
[quote]Once the TNA was elected in 2010, we toured the Wanni region, led by Sampanthan. At this time, we witnessed their pain and their needs. We collated all of this and submitted a report to India and India gave us 50,000 homes. This housing scheme was provided by India in keeping with a request made by the Tamil people. Some people are now asking for ownership. Some are saying that they are the ones who brought in the project. Some are even saying that they will give these homes to us.[/quote]
Northern Province Agriculture Minister P. Aingaranesan had this to share:
[quote]The province with the highest concentration of poor people in Sri Lanka, is the Uva Province comprising Badulla as well. The Eastern Province is second. The list notes that the Northern Province is third. Reports indicate that there are people in the North and East provinces who cannot earn 100 rupees a day. While the number of poor people increased in the North and East, more poverty eradication programs were initiated in the South. The Vattakachchi farm belongs to us. People working on this farm, were made to leave their jobs as a result of the Army acquiring that land. Our economy will never grow because they have taken over various farms and arable land that come under our irrigation and agriculture departments.[/quote]
Chief Minister of Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran shared these following views in that event:
[quote]Today in politics, we have a chicken culture. We believe that we should change this into a turtle culture. When a hen lays an egg, it runs around clucking that it has laid an egg. The turtle lays hundreds of eggs and covers them up. Political culture now, is that everything should be showcased. This project has been undertaken within a political culture where we can say that we have done this. We are prepared to undertake this project using the money that was given to us. The amount that is given to us has been reduced but we are prepared to proportionally pass that on to you.[/quote]
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