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Douglas opposes COVID-19 burials in Iranaithivu

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Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda said, the Iranativu area is not a suitable place to bury the bodies of Muslim COVID-19 victims and requested the President and the Premier to consider alternative areas. 

A statement from the Ministry said the Minister brought the matter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's attention that the recent decision of the government to bury the bodies of COVID-19 victims in the Iranaithivu Islands had caused unrest among the people of the northern province.

The Minister said that large number of people are living in the island with the sailors stationed their for naval patrolling.

He also said the decision would hamper all those projects, which the government has been anticipating to receive more than US$ 25 million in foreign exchange through the recently launched project on Iranaithivu Sea cucumber export village.

Minister said, the President and the Prime Minister promised to consider alternative arrangemnts. 

The Minister expressed confidence that the final decision would be taken by the Government in a manner that would not harm the sentiments of the minority community.

  Comments - 6

  • Ralaharamy Thursday, 04 March 2021 03:40 PM

    So, one more objection from a Christian Minister. For a layman like me, it seems that the Director of Health Services is trying to bring disrepute to the President and the Prime Minister. The whole thing reeks with Trial and error method.

    Jaffna Residence Thursday, 04 March 2021 05:51 PM

    There is no protest in the North, only in the islands off North. This fellow who was a leader of a former terrorist group is trying to undermine everything to win political support in the islands.

    Tom Thursday, 04 March 2021 06:53 PM

    Leave that island reserve for Christians,if they need it so seriously, but doubtful islanders allow Muslims to bury their dead

    Ranjit Friday, 05 March 2021 02:21 AM

    Are we demarcating the island SL into Christian, Muslim, Hindus and Buddhists

    Ranaweera Thursday, 04 March 2021 11:37 PM

    No one wants Covid dead bodies in their backyard. So what to do now. No one even wanted covid patients in the hospital near you .

    Sunimal Friday, 05 March 2021 01:01 AM

    Akurana is a nice place

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