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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 111

Tamil MPs Dodge DDC Meetings in Batticaloa

Colombo, 24 April, (Asiantribune.com): Tamil MPs have been dodging meetings of the District Development Committee held in Batticoloa. They are insisting that they should be given helipcopter rides from Colombo to Batticoloa and also protective guard if they are to attend the meeting in Batticoloa. The Tamil MPs who are seen as proxies of the Tamil Tiger suspect that they will be targeted by the break-away Karuna Group.

But Ameer Ali Sihabdeen - Minister of Disaster Relief Services told Asian Tribune that if they are interested in the welfare of the people they should attend the meeting. Ameer Ali : "If the elected members of parliament are interested in the welfare of the people then they will not give lame excuses of safety and security for attending the meeting scheduled to be held today at the Batticaloa district secretariat." Ameer Ali : "If the elected members of parliament are interested in the welfare of the people then they will not give lame excuses of safety and security for attending the meeting scheduled to be held today at the Batticaloa district secretariat."

He added: "If the elected members of parliament are interested in the welfare of the people then they will not give lame excuses of safety and security for attending the meeting scheduled to be held today at the Batticaloa district secretariat.

He said that even though he is the chairman of the District Development Committee he is not provided with any special security arrangements, he is attending the meeting today in the Batticaloa district.

The Minister said that despite the fact that he is not given any special security arrangements, he will attend to preside the Batticaloa DDC, as the people of the district has suffered so far immensely due to war and flood.

Minister of Disaster Relief Services responded when asked whether the Five Tamil National Alliance Members of Parliament would attend the meeting of DDC? He said
When asked about that they have written to President that they need special protection as well as special helicopter for them to fly from Colombo to Batticaloa and back.

The Minister said that he was not aware of any such matters.

This request was reported as a news item in the pro-LTTE TamilNet, but suddenly this news items has been removed from the website for reasons not known.

Ameer Ali Sihabdeen told Asian Tribune that even earlier, as the TNA MPs complaint that they are unable to visit Batticaloa to participate in the DDC meeting. Subsequently he said that he arranged to hold the Batticaloa DDC meeting in Colombo on 11 April. He added as there was a sudden flood in the district he cancelled the DDC meeting scheduled to be held in Colombo because District Secretary G.Arumainayagam and the staff has to spend three days to attend the meeting in Colombo which includes the time spent on up and down travel from Batticaloa – Colombo – Batticaloa.

The Minister said as their presence in the district was important, he cancelled the DDC meeting scheduled to be held in Colombo. The Minister said that Batticaloa people have suffered enough due the ethnic Conflict and now by rain and flood. “The presence of the Government officers in the district was important to service the people who are badly affected by the flood,” Minister said. “That is why I cancelled the scheduled DDC meeting in Colombo,” he said.

Minister said Tamil National Alliance Members of Parliament criticized him for canceling the scheduled DDC meeting in Colombo. He said that if they would have had the interest of the people in their mind, they would not have thought deemed fit to criticize him.

Minister Ameer Ali Sihabdeen said along with him, Basheer Cegu Dawood Ddistrict MP and Minister of Local Government and five Tamil National Alliance MPs, there are seven district parliamentarians, as the members of the Batticaloa DDC. He said that at the meeting proposals for development of the districts are to be considered.

He further said that already nearly 40,000 people has been resettled in Vaharai. The Minister said that there are a further 150, 000 internally displaced people in the district are to be resettled before 30 July this year.

- Asian Tribune -

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