President’s visit to fulfill important LLRC
TNA under fire for boycotting Northern welfare programs
Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and the TNA came
under fire from Human Resources Minister (Senior) Dew Gunasekera for
boycotting President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to the North tomorrow to
inaugurate the resumption of the Yal Devi train service to Jaffna and
participate in several people’s welfare programs.
The President’s visit is basically to fulfill some important LLRC
recommendations such as payment of compensation to people who sustained
losses and distribution of land permits/deeds to the people who had
voted the TNA to power, he said.
Instead of appreciating the government’s moves for the greater
welbeing of the people and joining hands with it, the TNA is again
taking recourse to a confrontational attitude.
At tomorrow’s function, the President will also inaugurate the
long-awaited train service to Jaffna that was destroyed by the LTTE. One
is at a loss to understand as to where the TNA wants to take the
Northern people and on what agenda, if not on development-oriented
programs, the Minister said.
Unless the Northern PC came to an understanding with the centre and
worked in coordination on matters relating to development programs for
the terrorism-ravaged province, it will not take the people anywhere the
On policy issues they can hold discussions at other fora but should
cooperate in development-related matters, he said.