Aren’t our people suffering – asks Sampanthan as he comments on allocation of funds

Aren’t our people suffering – asks Sampanthan as he comments on allocation of funds

Aren’t our people suffering – asks Sampanthan as he comments on allocation of funds

Written by Bella Dalima

08 Aug, 2014 | 7:13 pm

Speaking in Parliament on Thursday, TNA Parliamentary Group Leader, R. Sampanthan, commented on injustices in the allocation of funds from the decentralised budget.

TNA Parliamentary Group Leader, R. Sampanthan expressed these views:

[quote]We represent the Tamil people substantially. But we are given five million, everybody else is given thirty million. Is this fair? Is this just? How can you do this? You are mere trustees of government money. You are mere trustees of government property. Aren’t our people suffering? Aren’t our people equal? Are our people second class citizens? Is that the reason that you are giving the members of parliament representing the Tamil people five million rupees while you give all the others 30 million rupees? I don’t want to confront anyone. And I don’t want to beg from anyone. And my people don’t want me to beg. My people are not beggars. But I want you to know. I want the world to know.[/quote]

Speaking further, MP Sampanthan remarked on land acquisitions in the Northern and Eastern provinces.

[quote]Tennis courts have come up on this land. Golf courses have come up on this land. Swimming pools have come up on this land. Luxury bungalows for occupation by security forces personnel have come up on these lands. Lands on which our people lived. And from which our people derived their livelihood. Of farmers. They are being taken over and they are being used in this way. And tens of thousands of Tamil civilian families are being kept out of this land for these reasons. You have brought a bill to parliament, claiming to confer some benefits on some disadvantaged people. But what about these people? These people are more disadvantaged than anyone else. Can anyone deny that?[/quote]

 

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