Kumaratunga appoints EPDP to tsunami Task Force

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 January 2005, 02:23 GMT]
Representatives of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) have been appointed to the District Task Force (DTF) established in Jaffna, Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Amparai districts to coordinate relief and rehabilitation of tsunami victims who are sheltered in welfare centers, on a directive from Sri Lanka’s President, Ms.Chandrika Kumaratunga, civil sources said.

At the commencement of relief and rehabilitation soon after the tsunami hit the coastal areas, the DTF was formed with a limited number of representatives, including those from the LTTE. The rest were representatives of the Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Police, Government Agent, representatives of International agencies and national non-governmental organizations. Parliamentarians of each district have been appointed as ex-officio members of the DTF. No political party was given representation in the DTF or its sub-committees, sources said

Mr.Mathanarajah, former Jaffna district EPDP parliamentarian has been appointed to the Jaffna DTF and Dr.K.Wickneswaran who unsuccessfully contested the 2004 general election to the Trincomalee DTF.

Mr.Mathanarajah participated in the conference presided over by Mr.Tyronne Fernando, North - East Provincial Governor, in Jaffna Monday, while the elected representatives from the Tamil National Alliance boycotted the conference. Two more EPDP members, one for each of the districts of Batticaloa and Amparai, have also been appointed, sources said.

Dr.Wickneswaran Monday attended the Trincomalee DTF meeting with the Government Agent, Mr.Gamini Rodrigo, in the chair, sources said.

Mr.R.Sampanthan, Trincomalee district parliamentarian and TNA parliamentary group leader, and Mr.Elilan, the LTTE’s Trincomalee district political head, strongly opposed a request by Dr.Wickneswaran when the latter wanted a representative of the EPDP to be appointed to sub-committees of DTF, sources said.

They argued that the EPDP has no right to be in the tsunami DTF, saying that the EPDP has no parliamentary representation in the Trincomalee district. Mr. Elilan stressed that the LTTE is in the DTF because it has now been engaged in political activities according to the ceasefire agreement entered into between the LTTE and Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL).

The controversy came to an end when Dr.Wickneswaran dropped his demand, district secretariat sources said

 

Latest 15 Reports
21.09.17 22:14  
Champoor Tamils’ security, livelihood threatened by US military partnership with genocidal Sri Lanka
20.09.17 23:37   Photo
Sathasivam papers on Sumerian-Tamil connections see the light of day
19.09.17 22:53  
Tamil village in Batticaloa-Polonnaruwa border Sinhalicized by Mahaweli authority, Survey Dept
18.09.17 18:18   Photo
Uprooted people find houses destroyed by SL Navy in Ira'nai-theevu after 2008
17.09.17 22:07  
Muslims oppose Colombo's ‘Sinhala-only’ policy in public administration of Ampaa'rai
16.09.17 23:49  
Families of enforced disappeared want answers, no deceptive bills to genocidal system
15.09.17 23:30   Photo
30th remembrance of Lt Col Thileepan strengthens resolve among Eezham Tamils
14.09.17 22:52   Photo
Sirisena’s Mahaweli ministry twists old records to Sinhalicize Paduvaankarai
13.09.17 16:39  
EPRLF opposes 20A to SL Constitution, ITAK duo wrongs again says Premachandran
12.09.17 23:17   Photo
Alienate lands to Sinhala colonists or face transfer: SL Governor warns Tamil DS in Vanni
11.09.17 12:10  
Risking legal action, Hakeem wants to transfer lands to Hizbulla’s colony in Batticaloa
10.09.17 23:24   Photo
Uprooted fishermen vow to continue their fight for Pa'l'li-munai in Mannaar
09.09.17 23:29  
Mano Ganesan’s NGO Secretariat restricts freedom of organisation in Batticaloa
08.09.17 19:23  
I'rakkaamam Police behaves as occupying Sinhala Force: Muslims
07.09.17 18:03  
SL Attorney General's Dept., TID continue to conspire against Tamil political prisoners
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=13940