TRO official speaks at Select Committee meeting
[TamilNet, Thursday, 02 June 2005, 02:59 GMT]
Mr S. Sivasupramanium, Head of the Colombo office of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO), an NGO registered with the Government of Sri Lanka, addressed the Parliamentary Select Committee meeting of NGOs where views were shared on the role of the NGO sector in post-disaster rehabilitation held at the Sri Lanka parliamentary complex in Colombo, website of the Select Committee reported.
"S. Sivasupramaniam spoke on the difficulty of delivering relief to tsunami-affected areas especially in the north and east. He stated that Sri Lanka needs a mechanism to regulate the flow of aid to the country. Through this, the government can ensure that aid sent by donor countries and INGOs is what the Sri Lankan people actually required," the report said.
"Representatives from Rainbow Bridge, Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies, National NGO Council of Sri Lanka, Sarvodaya, Sri Lanka Red Cross, Lions Kashyapa, St. Johns Ambulance and Brigade, Save the Children, Sahana Foundation, World Vision, Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO), National Peace Council, YWCA, All Ceylon Buddhist Congress, Habitat for Humanity, and World View participated at the hearings," the report added.
The Parliamentary Select Committee was formed to investigate whether there was a lack of preparedness to meet an emergency of the nature of the Tsunami that struck Sri Lanka on December 26, 2004 and to recommend what steps should be taken to ensure that an early warning system be put in place and what other steps should be taken to minimize the damage caused by similar natural disasters.
Mahinda Samarasinghe, MP, Chief Opposition Whip and former
Minister of Labor is the Chairman of the Select Committee. Other members include Mrs Ferial Ismail Ashraff, MP
Minister of Housing and Construction Industry, Eastern Province Education and Irrigation Development, Mr Lakshman Kadirgamar, MP Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Dinesh Gunawardena, MP Minister of Urban Development and Water Supply and Mr D. E. W. Gunasekera, MP Minister of Constitutional Reforms.