Drought relief issue branches out – Moneragala residents return empty-handed

Drought relief issue branches out – Moneragala residents return empty-handed

Drought relief issue branches out – Moneragala residents return empty-handed

Written by News 1st

16 Sep, 2014 | 9:48 am

A large number of people arrived at the Moneragala Divisional Secretariat Office on Monday to obtain drought relief.

However, they had to return empty handed.

Residents of fifteen Grama Niladari divisions in the Moneragala area arrived at the Monaragala Divisional Secretariat after receiving word that drought relief worth Rs.2500 is being distributed.

However, the residents who arrived at the location were greeted with this notice. (Please watch video)

Meanwhile, the All Island Govijana Samelanaya submitted a petition to the Supreme Court on Monday calling on officials to distribute drought relief to all affected district and not only to Monaragala.

Speaking in this regard, Chairman of the All Island Govijana Samelanaya, Namal Karunaratne said:

“There should be equal rights, there cannot be a disparity. People in the Badulla district have been omitted in this process. Why don’t the other people qualify for this aid?”

Counsel on behalf of the Petitioner, Attorney-at-Law Sunil Watagala:

“If people have been affected by the drought,  then all affected persons should receive equal aid. There are farmers belonging to seven districts here. We are calling on the Supreme Court to ensure that all seven communities receive equal treatment.”

Meanwhile, PAFFREL filed a motion with the Supreme Court on Monday urging the court to  focus attention on less known aspects of the drought relief programme.

Executive Director of PAFFREL, Rohana Hettiarachchi

“Through the petition we hope to formulate a method where the approval of the Election Secretariat is necessary to distribute relief in areas which will be facing an election.”

 

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