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The Government made a periodic reminder to aid workers that they must obtain approval from the Defense Ministry to operate in the island. This is a precautionary measure to ensure all those operating in the island are of “good faith”, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told Daily Mirror.


“All aid workers come through various NGO’s and we have set up a special division under the Defense Ministry for them to be registered. This is due to the fact that after the war there have been a number of groups that have attempted to discredit the good work done by the government. Thus we want to ensure that all those working in the country are of good faith,” Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said.
 

He added that in the past a number of aid agencies had attempted to infringe on the sovereignty of Sri Lanka and work counter to her interests while operating as aid agencies in the island.
 

“We are a sovereign nation and we have all the right to know who is operating on our soil. Because in the past as you know a number of these agencies have tried to impede on the sovereignty of our Government,” he said.
 

The Minister stated that there were no particular conditions which would make an aid agency eligible or ineligible to be approved by the Defense Ministry.
 

 There are 250 international and some 1,000 domestic aid agencies working in Sri Lanka, according to the Government Information Department.  (DS)

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  • Hashi Thursday, 11 November 2010 04:54 PM

    A very Good move which is long overdue. Crack on the ones with religious motives & background first

    Gulf Kolla Thursday, 11 November 2010 05:20 PM

    Thanks speaking your mind out!!

    NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Thursday, 11 November 2010 10:11 AM

    Is this a Reminder for Trouble Makers?

    Hirantha Thursday, 11 November 2010 10:15 AM

    TO GET MORE AIDS TO THE MINISTRY.

    Ruhunu Puthra Thursday, 11 November 2010 10:22 AM

    Good move. But should not be used to victimise or manupulate any NGO. There may be few NGO`s operating in the Island who got ulterior motives. it is better to keep an eye on them

    Gayan Samarasekara Thursday, 11 November 2010 10:28 AM

    Gambling is also based on Good Faith I think..

    Gulf Kollla Thursday, 11 November 2010 10:42 AM

    Looks like `sex workers` got more freedom to operate than `Àid Workers`!

    steve Thursday, 11 November 2010 10:52 AM

    Well Defense Ministry revenue must be down after the war?

    Sinnai Thursday, 11 November 2010 07:43 PM

    Who is going to help our country when we dictate terms to the aid workers?

    Api Walata! Thursday, 11 November 2010 11:02 AM

    Aren't there any other important issues in the country!!!

    Maxell Thursday, 11 November 2010 11:54 AM

    I think you have a big problem regarding "sex workers" ! Some people think 24 hours about sex and nothing else ! Grow up !

    pd Thursday, 11 November 2010 12:03 PM

    wow!! so many aid agencies?? then we shud not hv any issues right? motives of most agencies are very clear. they must create touble fr us in order for them to survive here. no trouble -no aid!!! all crooks!

    pd Thursday, 11 November 2010 12:06 PM

    this is for national security. gambling is a source of foreign revenue & its optional if u want to go or not its yr decision. gamblers wl spend there money elsewhere even if we reject. hope u are clear now!

    Kundu mali Thursday, 11 November 2010 12:58 PM

    The flood water must have gone to his brain?

    channa Thursday, 11 November 2010 01:07 PM

    yeah....your brain..

    Yehiya-Doha Thursday, 11 November 2010 01:16 PM

    What about the status of Social service ministry.

    Assay Bayai! Thursday, 11 November 2010 03:23 PM

    Prostitution is also a way of Foreign Revenue my dear!!!!

    Fair n Square Thursday, 11 November 2010 03:25 PM

    Most of the foreigners who work for NGO's are kinda on vacation here in SL. They got to pocket out IF they wanna go to a warm destination and max 2 weeks.They will always cook up stories and submit to their HQ's that the situ in SL is not very conducive, so that they get to prolong their stay here.Some NGO's did their job n some didn't. Now that peace has dawned let the unwanted NGO's take wing to another country where there is conflict.

    zorro Friday, 12 November 2010 10:31 AM

    Gel wansa go on hunger strike in front of an embassy?

    malkanthi Thursday, 11 November 2010 03:54 PM

    Before saying outsiders to 'ensure that all those working in the country are of good faith' please ensure that all politicos are serving the country in good faith.

    shameer Thursday, 11 November 2010 04:03 PM

    Just a simple rule can do this....... If the Govt instruct commercial banks & other financial institutions only to maintain accounts of Registered Aid Agencies (under Defense Ministry) this could be achieved...... With 6-9 months time, everything will be in-line........

    Sanhida Thursday, 11 November 2010 04:05 PM

    You are correct. Some guys cannot think anything else without attaching "sex" to it. What a pity. Seems needing treatment...


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