Boycott call cripples administrative services in Jaffna
[TamilNet, Monday, 26 December 2005, 09:57 GMT]
Civil administration in Jaffna district came to a halt Monday following call by the NorthEast Government Services Workers Consortium for Government workers to shun work to protest against Sri Lanka Army (SLA) attacks against civilians and workers. The Consortium warned that the strike will continue until troops are vacated from main roads and Government offices, and their workers' safety is guaranteed. Primary offices of Civil administration including Jaffna Secretariat, Divisional secretariats, Health services department, Department of Education remained closed.
Although several hundreds troops were deployed to provide safety around Jaffna Secretariat, only the Government Agent, K Ganesh, reported to work.
Judicial establishments including Courts, the five district courts in Kayts, Jaffna, Mallakam, Chavakachcheri and Point Pedro, and the High Court in Jaffna remained closed.
However, commercial establishments, public transport and hospitals continued to provide essential services.