We will oppose the sale of land to China: JVP

15 December 2016 09:13 pm - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said today it was totally opposed to the sale of some 15,000 acres of land in Hambantota to a Chinese company and warned it would not allow the government to go ahead with this sale.

“The government claims that the lands have been sold to set up an economic zone. Only 2,000 acres have been allocated for the 17 economic zones in the country and most of the lands allocated have not been used. The biggest economic zone in India, “Sri City India” is located on 7,000 acres. We must stop this sale of land,” JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said.

He said they would launch a massive protest campaign in January next year against the government’s destructive economic policy of selling State property to private companies and invited the people to join them in this struggle.

Mr. Dissanayake said the Government had planned to sell a large amount of land including Ports, graphite mines and mineral mines to private companies.

“The government has planned to sell the Hambantota Port to a Chinese company saying it was debt-ridden with no ships arriving at the port. How will ships come after it is sold to a private company? This is a Port which can be developed as a service port, which was a proposal made during the tenure of former president Chandrika Kumaratunge,” he said.

Mr. Dissanayake said the government had invented a new concept known as PPP - Public-Private-Partnership” to continue the privatization of State resources.

“This is not the first time that a governmenthas thought that the country could be developed by sellingState resources,” he said and warned that it would do its best to protect the Hambantota Port and ensure that all its employees would be absorbed into the Ports Authority.

“We will take to the streets to carry out our struggle. We will fight for the rights of the port employees. It is during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime that these employees were recruited through a manpower company creating this controversial situation,” he said.(Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 10

  • Yeti Thursday, 15 December 2016 09:23 PM

    I suppose he doesn't know the difference between Selling and leasing!

    Sincere Thursday, 15 December 2016 09:28 PM

    So, who cares?

    Bala Thursday, 15 December 2016 09:37 PM

    Good idea. Tell us another good idea how to get over the debt trap we are in as well. Then complete answer. Otherwise no value.

    Sofia Thursday, 15 December 2016 09:41 PM

    So please tell us how to get ovre the debt incurred by MR without doing these things as proposed. Opposing and criticising is good but give your solution as otherwise your talk is useless for country.

    Mandy Thursday, 15 December 2016 09:43 PM

    Ah he built 10000 tanks when he was Agriculture Minister in Probationary govt. So tell us the solution to solve the problem without PPP.

    Avisenna Saturday, 17 December 2016 09:54 AM

    There is nothing anyone can do. 160 votes in the bag for anything. via DM Android App

    Nick Friday, 16 December 2016 06:12 AM

    jvp has done nothing to the country except some damages & very good at barking...so barking dogs usually never bite Anuras speeches & comments are entertaining but not practical so enjoy it like enjoying a movie via DM Android App

    r86 Friday, 16 December 2016 07:30 AM

    skillful leaders must have good national plan to develop the country without going last option of selling to outside...PPP is not native strategy against national wealth of the country followed by recent government...pls remain atleast something to our child... via DM Android App

    Jude Friday, 16 December 2016 07:37 AM

    For God sake!!! Don't oppose every move of this Govt!!??

    Chux Friday, 16 December 2016 08:38 AM

    You guys also mainly responsible for bringing our country another 50 years back if you want to keep all white elephants pls pay from your party guys pocket as innocent people can not afford to pay anymore


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