Written by Lahiru Fernando
07 Jul, 2016 | 9:46 pm
During the parliamentary session held on Thursday, July 7, parliamentarians were given the opportunity once again to pose questions directly to the Prime Minister.
Grabbing the opportunity, UPFA Parliamentarian Vasudeva Nanayakkara raised a question regarding compensation provided to public affected by recent natural disasters, as well as the Salawa explosion.
“The affected people complain to us that they have not received the compensation promised by the government for the damages sustained to their houes and other properties. They note that only a few people have received compensation. What is your response?” asked UPFA MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara.
Responding to the question, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that compensation is being provided to those affected in the Kelani Valley area. The premier noted that the government is in the process of obtaining alternative lands for those affected. However, it will take time to identify the lands and take them over, added the PM.
Furthermore, PM Wickremesinghe noted that the government has received the compensation estimates for those affected by the Salawa blast and that some people are not satisfied with the estimates. “For you they are the public, for me they are my voters”, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
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