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Plantation community alleges presence of ’scam’ behind Indian Housing project, CWC faces heat

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By Nirmala Kannangara

The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) is presently facing the heat as allegations have surfaced that the party is forcing Estate Superintendents within the estate community to select members loyal to the CWC as beneficiaries for an Indian grant which gives houses funded by the Indian government.

Reliable sources told the Daily Mirror that under this Indian housing grant, those individuals who have left the estates, those who already have houses and reside in the estates, but work for other private entities are not eligible for these houses.

"But sources linked to the project said they have come under tremendous pressure from the CWC to give houses to individuals falling into these categories; which is not the requirement of the Indian Government.

"What we were told by the Indian High Commission offices is to select the most suitable beneficiaries, but not to do it based on affiliation to any trade union," sources said.

On earlier occasions- where Indian granted housing projects were implemented in Sri Lanka- the projects were carried out under the credible neutral implementation agencies of -the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in partnership with Sri Lanka Red Cross (SLRCS) and United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). However, according to certain plantation sector trade unions, this time around, these credible neutral implementation agencies have been removed without any reason. This role has been given over to the National Housing Development Authority (NHDA) and the State Engineering Corporation (SEC).

Representatives of the plantation community allege a scam behind this move.

The CWC whose General Secretary is Jeevun Thondaman who is also the Minister of Water Supply, is however silent over these allegations.

All attempts to contact Thondaman for a comment regarding this issue went unanswered. Although a text message via mobile phone was sent seeking a comment, the Minister did not respond until the paper went for publication.

Read the full article in the link below. 

Plantation community alleges presence of ‘scam’ behind Indian Housing Project

 


  Comments - 15

  • Rip Winkle Wednesday, 17 April 2024 05:02 PM

    Good job, Daily mirror people! :-))

    joshua Wednesday, 17 April 2024 06:32 PM

    CWC has been eye washing the estate workers all the time. They are more concerned in collecting the subscription from the workers. That is how the party has managed whilst using the Grand father Thondaman's name.

    Do not Vote for these Kinds of Politicians Thursday, 18 April 2024 02:04 AM

    They should not be voted in again. Hope someone can pass the message to the masses to the voters in the tea estates

    John Fernando Wednesday, 17 April 2024 06:57 PM

    There are two most corrupted ministers in SL that not detected since they please their masters. one is Thondaman family enterprise Inc and Douglas Devananda both were holding ministers in a 'forever' or infinity definition.

    Steve Wednesday, 17 April 2024 07:17 PM

    Nothing to be surprised. CWC has been a scam from the times of S. Thondaman.

    Nimal Wednesday, 17 April 2024 07:29 PM

    CWC is corrupt to the core. Please let the Indian High Commission to select the beneficiaries and to manage this entre project without any political or outside interference.

    Fair Wednesday, 17 April 2024 08:05 PM

    I am not against the Grant by India, but, there are so many people living in slums in India, why does this show off?

    HOW COME YOU DO NOT BRING UP RANIL GIVING 1 MILLION TO GAZA ? Wednesday, 17 April 2024 10:31 PM

    WHAT ABOUT CHINA GIVING US WAY BIGGER DONATIONS, GO TAKE A LOOK AT HOW THE MILLIONS OF POOR LIVE AND WHAT ABOUT THE THOUSANDS SUPPOSEDLY KEPT AND BRAINWASHED, IN A REMOTE AREA, THERE WAS A REPORT OF THIS TOO. EDUCATION ETC ALL IN HOUSE, CANNOT RECALL WHAT IT WAS CALLED.

    Lankan beggar Thursday, 18 April 2024 07:34 AM

    Mr. Fair. Also there many homeless people in 1st world USA, still we are living on their handouts. If the entire world thinks like you, you will not even travel by a bullock cart.

    A reputable NGO should be Nominated Wednesday, 17 April 2024 09:12 PM

    Can’t trust these politicians at all. Just want to manipulate the masses and will look after only those who support them. The Indian government should have given this task to a reputable NGO who should be able to identify those who really need this housing.

    Bandara Wednesday, 17 April 2024 10:30 PM

    The indian high commission would have given this implement part to some indipendand organization. The NHDA and SEC has most corrupted chairmens and Directors. They are all connected to ruling party politionsins. So there will be faverisom and malpractice in the selection of contractors and benifissries.

    Mohan Wednesday, 17 April 2024 11:18 PM

    Why CWC was involved? No need for a political party to get involved.

    Mybiz111@gmail.com Thursday, 18 April 2024 01:24 AM

    @Fair well said.... They have a huge 220 million people living below poverty line without 3 meals a day

    Rip Winkle Thursday, 18 April 2024 08:09 AM

    "The son becomes the father and the father becomes the son"

    dinesh Thursday, 18 April 2024 11:44 PM

    surprise surprise !! hope the estate people understand, that these Tamil politicians will not do anything honest for them...


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