Cash given to Tsunami affected families end up in alcohol an
[b]Cash given to Tsunami affected families end up in alcohol and gambling.[/b]
From Sunil C. Perera in Colombo
[b]Colombo, 08 April, (Asiantribune.com): [/b]Presenting her case study on Gender Dimensions of tsunami assistance, at the Tenth National Convention on Women’s Studies, organized by CENWOR, former Director General of the National Planning Department Patricia J.Alailima highlighted that TAFREN had no legal basis, and there was no way the auditor general could question them, as a result of no accountability.
The study which was conducted in mid 2005 also revealed that there were confusions at local level and only 20% knew on the proposed buffer zones. The data collection system failed miserably and was not geared to identify and meet the needs, and also one third of the schools attended by the Tsunami victims lacked basic facilities due to insufficient resources. The study further revealed that the government relief of dry rations ended up in the woman’s hand, and the cash ended up in the man’s pocket, which was used for alcohol and gambling, while the women suffered without money. Ms Alailima’s study also found that domestic violence was aggravated by the consumption of alcohol.