Ground water polluted in Jaffna, drinking water, a scarce commodity
Jaffna GA. S. Arumainayaham
Pure drinking water is the main problem faced by the people in the
Jaffna district. They depend on ground water. Water sources here are
polluted with the use of chemicals including fertiliser for agricultural
purposes and mixing of oil with ground water, Jaffna district GA, S.
Arumainayaham told the Sunday Observer.
Most of the people depend on ground water for drinking and
agriculture. Contamination has caused a severe impact in the lives of
the people. New arrangements are crucial to solve the problems of the
people who are affected by the contamination of water. People in the
district have been made aware of the harm caused by contaminated water
Programs to supply pure drinking water have been inaugurated in the
affected areas. Nearly 7,000 families in the Thellippalai and Uduvil
Divisional Secretariat Divisions have been affected with the
contamination of water.
There is a fear that this number would increase if a solutions was
not found immediately. The relevant authorities should solve this
problem. Testing the wells in the affected areas has begun by the Water
Supply and drainage Board. At the initial stage drinking water is
supplied to people in the affected areas. The relevant Divisional
secretariat offices are also helping for this program.
A women collects water from a partly dried-up well
A special Task force consisting of members from Provincial councils,
Pradeshiya Sabhas and the Central Government.has been set up by the
Jaffna District Secretariat to find a solution to this problem.
The Jaffna district achieved tremendous development after 2010
Arumainayaham said. "Unemployment among the youth in the district is the
next problem which should be addressed by the Government. There are over
30,000 unemployed youth in the Jaffna district. Over 3,000 graduates in
the district have already been given employment. We have conducted job
fairs in the concluded recent past. We have given employment to 2,000
youth in the district last year and the year prior to last year", the GA
"We plan to set up industrial parks to address the unemployment
problem among the youth in the district, Achchuveli Industrial zone
development works are progressing. Once the project is over 2,000 youth
in the district will receive employment", he said.
'We also have requested at investors who are to invest in the Jaffna
district to pay attention on tourism and garment industry which would
generate large number of employment opportunities to youth in the
district. We are conducting surveys on these concepts. We hope that way
will arise to bring these industries to Jaffna district in the future",
"When a country is free of bribery and corruption, it will achieve
the peak of development and sustainable development can also be ensured.
I welcome the good governance policy of the new Government. I believe
the Government will take necessary steps to eliminate bribery and
corruption from the country. When there is good governance there will be
no room for corruption and bribery", he said.
A large number of people in the Jaffna district depend on agriculture
specially paddy cultivation and fruit production. A large number of
paddy and fruit cultivators were affected by the drought and rains. They
lost even the means to get the seeds. They should be given assistance to
begin cultivation. If they were given raw materials or financial
assistance the agriculture and fisheries sector will bloom while
improving the economy of large number of people depending on this
industry, he said.
Due to the recent drought the fruit producers were also affected.
Fruit producers will develop the industry if the Government gives
subsidies or assistance to start cultivation.Chavakachcheri Divisional
secretariat Division is famous for paddy cultivation.
Valigamam is famous for fruit production, Uduvil for potato
cultivation. Potato cultivation is conducted in a major scale in
Urumbirai area.We have sent the harvest season list to the relevant
Ministries. And the same list has been sent even to the Sathosa. We have
to purchase the production of farmers through Sathosa and Multi Purpose