Three Tamil MPs from the Batticaloa district have complained that attempts are being made to include in the India-financed housing project about 350 Sinhalese families who are not war-displaced families, ignoring the claims of Tamil families which were really displaced by the war.
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MPs P Ariyanenthiran, C Yogeswaran and P Selvarasa told mediapersons in Batticaloa on Saturday that houses under the Indian scheme had been allotted to Sinhalese in Keviliyaamadu, although they were neither displaced nor had suffered loss of houses during the war. Indian houses were allotted to 89 Sinhalese families in Pulukunnaawa, although they had forcibly occupied Tamils’ lands. There were court cases against three of them, the MPs said. They accused India of indirectly encouraging colonisation of Sinhalese in Tamil areas.
Speaking to Express later, Ariyanenthiran said that TNA was not against houses being allotted to Sinhalese and Muslims. “We are only against inclusion of those families which were not displaced,” he explained.
He added that the Indian housing project should have been extended to cover the 1,200 Tamils from the battlefields of Wanni who had taken shelter in Batticaloa and had not gone back.
“Many of these are disabled or are without male breadwinners. Through another organisation, each family received LKR 100,000 to build a house, but with this money, no permanent dwelling can be built. If included in the Indian project they will get LKR 550,000 each,” the MP said.
On the visit of the TNA leaders to India to discuss the Lankan government’s bid to dilute of the 13th Amendment enshrined in the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987, Ariyanenthiran said that there was little chance of India taking a strong stand against the Rajapaksa government due to fears that it would veer further towards China.
“India did nothing when the North-Eastern Province was split into two in 2006 in violation of the India-Lanka Accord. On the contrary, India began to deal with the Eastern Provincial government in 2008 as if it was recognising the division,” the MP said. The Indian Express
Comments - 12
jim Monday, 17 June 2013 05:42 AM
hear they go a gain trying to pull up issues with fake issues
mail_guy Monday, 17 June 2013 05:51 AM
The funny part is they scold and blame Indians and live in the houses built by Indians.
Dave Monday, 17 June 2013 05:53 AM
So you the real nationalist. It is clear you have the dream of separate land for Tamils. You do not want Sinhala and other people come and settle in North. You should be punished by the irony. One Sri Lankan must to that. Otherwise country will have a problem.
Pumal Monday, 17 June 2013 06:04 AM
What will happen if Sinhales people's tax money is not spent on Tamils and for any other race for that matter. Don't promote racism.
Critic Roshan Monday, 17 June 2013 09:40 AM
Please remember we all are citizens of Sri Lanka. We are entitled to live in any part of the country.
SAM_SPARROW Monday, 17 June 2013 06:07 AM
Sinhalse paid salaries to Tamils to get food and shelter during the war? So funny.
ind Monday, 17 June 2013 06:12 AM
Exactly. Are we complain any Tamil or Muslim person living in other areas? They are still living in that so call dream land.
Cholan Monday, 17 June 2013 01:01 PM
So what, Pay for land like tamils did in south not get free land
ind Monday, 17 June 2013 05:01 AM
So, what ???
Jaya Monday, 17 June 2013 05:12 AM
So what? Then Tamils shouldn;t get any welfare from Sinhalese? Sinhalse paid salaries of Tamils during the war and paid fer food, medicine, and education.
CROW Monday, 17 June 2013 05:13 AM
DONT DISMISS THEIR ACCUSATION. ASK THEM REASON
Sam Monday, 17 June 2013 08:45 AM
So TNA wants Tamils to leave from South ??? TNA please :P
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