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Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran has complained to the European Union (EU) human rights inspection team that the Sri Lankan army is running hundreds of schools in his province when it has no right to do so under the 13th amendment of the constitution, New Indian Express reported today.  

Quoting the Tamil daily Thinakkural, it said Wigneswaran had complained that in Vavuniya, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts, the army’s Civil Defense Unit is running 344 primary schools, employing 689 Tamil women as teachers at good salaries, when as per the constitution, school education is a devolved subject and schools in the province are to be run by the provincial ministry of education.

The number of teachers in the army-run primary schools is the same as the number of teachers working in the provincial council-run primary schools, the Chief Minister pointed out in his interaction with the EU headed by Jean Lambert MEP last Saturday.

He also said that in the schools run by the army, teachers are made to wear a uniform which has raised concerns among the people as to whether they are being recruited to the army.

Wigneswaran strongly opposed a suggestion by former President Chandrika Kumaratunga that Tamil women employees of the provincial administration be posted in police stations to deal with cases involving women. He said that Tamil women do not want to work in police stations. As an alternative, he suggested that educated Tamil women be recruited to the provincial administration to liaise between women supplicants and the police. But no action has been taken on his suggestion, the Chief Minister told the EU team.

The team was in Sri Lanka until Tuesday to assess Sri Lanka’s eligibility to get back the GSP-plus trade concessions in terms of its human rights record. Sri Lanka had lost the concessions in 2010 on account of its poor rights record at that time.

Wigneswaran’s objection to Tamil women working in police stations stems from the fear that their security might be at stake, given the fact that the Sri Lankan police force is almost completely uni-ethnic with Sinhalese having an overwhelming presence and thirty years of war has colored the Tamils’ perception of the police.

The CM complained about the army using 50,000 acres of land in the Northern Province to cultivate crops and trade in them, while the original Tamil owners of the lands are looking to others to give them food. Sinhalese fishermen from the South fish in Northern waters even using illegal methods with the help of the armed forces while local Tamil fishermen are denied the right, and even taken into custody for alleged illegal fishing.

The CM asked the EU delegation to press the Sri Lankan government to withdraw the army from the North since the war had ended seven years ago. In his estimation, 100,000 troops are still stationed in his province. De-militarization of the North is one of the 15 stipulations of the EU for restoring GSP-Plus trade concessions.

  Comments - 31

  • sanju Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:13 PM

    Serious issues here. Army running schools is madness. What is the Dept of Education doing about this ????? IT must be the brainchild of that imbecilic minister of education.And what has got into CBK's head to put tamil women in police stations !!! We are no fans of this vigneswaran, but stupidity abounds in this instance !

    Yeti Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:24 PM

    Quite so!

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:40 PM

    He looks deceptive to the Sinhalese because he is telling all issues truthfully, but majority Tamils voted for him for his forthrightness.

    Maya Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:43 PM

    Really, CM refused to take part in LTTE organised meetings and only participated in the meeting organised by Tamil Chambers of Commerce in London.

    Desmond Jeromme Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:03 PM

    As long as the students and the parents are happy and no complaints until now. Why this stupid issue.

    Bubble Banda Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:04 PM

    Yes we too. This man Vicky is creating un-wanted problems and trying to become a Hero. He should be thrown out.

    Manuel Benjamin Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:05 PM

    CV is trying to have a blood shed in SriLanka. Before that MS should take stern action against him.

    Jayasikuru Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:08 PM

    Shit should move to the EU.

    Kadupol Jothywansa Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:12 PM

    Wigneswaran has close links with MR and his gangsters, this is the reality. He wants to topple the Govt. and with the help of JO he wants to shine as a leader for Jaffna Tamils.

    Manuel Benjamin Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:15 PM

    CV is closely connected to Vasu. He is now under the clause of MR and his gangsters. He is also a Terrorist behind LTTE.

    J Palitha Thursday, 03 November 2016 01:16 PM

    SriLanka is common to Sinhalese

    a& h Friday, 04 November 2016 12:04 PM

    let the cat out of the bag via DM Android App

    vithura Thursday, 03 November 2016 02:51 PM

    CV is right to bring this to the notice of the EU, if he had already raised this lunacy with the President and the PM with no avail. Constitution in SL is written at will and disregarded at will by those in power to suit their own agenda..

    Kumar Thursday, 03 November 2016 02:57 PM

    What are the President and PM doing about army running schools in the North. Schools are a matter for provincial education ministry. If things go this way there is no prospects for peace in this beautiful island of peace loving people.

    Vernon Thursday, 03 November 2016 03:04 PM

    You all must realize the difficulty in finding teachers for these remote schools, whether they are provincial or national. We should be thankful for the army for doing this so that the children of these neglected areas are the beneficiary. If the PC is allowed to do their job, most of these schools will not survive.

    alex Thursday, 03 November 2016 03:11 PM

    how parents can complain against army?

    Boonda Thursday, 03 November 2016 03:18 PM

    In the absence of war our army is cultivating, harvesting and marketing what they produced. Now they are teaching too.

    Pf Thursday, 03 November 2016 04:04 PM

    For the sake of war that time nothern and even western tamils went to several western countries seeking azylam.Now they are well off.They sent monwy to Praba to keep the war going that time.Now those people do not want back to Sri Lanka.May be they need to show to world still problems in the north though it is not true. via DM Android App

    ziyard Thursday, 03 November 2016 10:42 AM

    sri lanka army must not exceed it's jurisdiction

    Kadmin Thursday, 03 November 2016 10:51 AM

    I don't think CV has any interests in reconciliation or country prosperity. All about TAMIL and more TAMIL. Grow up CV.

    Sanath Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:14 AM

    There is no pleasing this CM. He seems to be dreaming up any excuse to taint the Govt.

    Fedinand Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:15 AM

    because one time sihalese hit them like nothing, what he does is correct, if we continue to allow BBS, same will hapen very soon with muslims also

    Gamini Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:20 AM

    Mr.Chief Minister, you are CM of a province of Sri Lanka and not of Europe. Common sense should tell you that winging in front of foreign delegations is totally counter-productive. Instead learn to communicate with the people with whom you share this country.

    TONY Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:35 AM


    jerik Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:34 AM

    this is a wrong step by CV via DM Android App

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:41 AM

    In that case why doesn't the southern schools employ army teachers in their schools?

    Gayan Perera Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:45 AM

    I guess you have never been in the North? The level of police / army is insane. EU will NEVER allow GSP unless this is taken care of.

    Ravichandran Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:51 AM

    CV has the connection with LTTE cadres who lives abroad so they need to do something against SL army so he is doing that, He doesn't care about the tamils who live in the area. This is the reality.

    Kaboos Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:54 AM

    CV is deceptive leader. He will lie down innocent tamil life for his own benefit

    suda Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:00 PM

    I do not hate Tamil people they are really good but I hate this CV. We want to live in peace. Our spineless leader not brave enough to take him away.

    Bala Thursday, 03 November 2016 12:03 PM

    But when it suits him he has no objection for his children to marry sinhalese Yes grow up and reconcile instead of retracing steps to hostility.

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