Inland Revenue discriminates against Tamils - MP

[TamilNet, Thursday, 10 September 1998, 05:32 GMT]
Despite the Sri Lankan Department of Inland Revenue having regional offices in Jaffna and Batticaloa, people living in nearby Mannar, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Trincomalee districts of the Northeast Province have to deal with the Department through its regional office in Anurdhapura which is in the North Central Province, said Joseph Pararjasingham, MP (Tamil United Liberation Front - Batticaloa District) in Parliament on Wednesday.

He said that this effectively negated the concept of the devolution of power through the Provincial Council system and the Regional Councils that have been proposed by Peoples' Alliance (PA) Government.

Speaking further, he said that due to the method of recruitment in the Department of Inland Revenue in the past, the number of Tamils serving in the Department had shrunk to 3%.

Of the 106 assessors recruited in 1996 there were only three Tamils. Of the 134 tax officers recruited to the Department in 1997, there were no Tamils and only one Muslim.

He said it was discrimination of this type which had led to an armed rebellion that is witnessed in the Northeast today.

Tamils comprise around 20% of Sri Lanka's population.

Dr. G. L. Peiris is the Deputy Minister of Finance whose purview includes the Department of Inland Revenue.

Dr. Peiris is also the minister in charge of the portfolios of Ethnic Affairs and National Integration and is credited with authoring the regional councils system proposed by the PA.


Latest 15 Reports
22.10.17 21:55   Photo
Colombo seizes more lands for Sinhala colonisation in Trincomalee through engineering Tamil-Muslim divide in East
21.10.17 21:46  
Unitary constitution imposing choice irrelevant to fundamentals needs rejection by Tamils
20.10.17 07:02  
Jaffna University students boycott classes against manipulative justice of genocidal Sri Lanka
19.10.17 17:11   Photo
Sirisena disappoints student leaders, Cooray humiliates families of hunger-striking prisoners
18.10.17 23:45  
Eastern Provincial Land authority discriminates Tamils
17.10.17 18:46   Photo
Paramilitary operative employed at Cooray's secretariat in Jaffna harasses public servants
16.10.17 07:15   Photo
UN Refugee agency ignorant of stranded Tamil refugees in Indonesia
15.10.17 19:12  
Tamil fisherman rammed by intruding Sinhala fishermens’ boat, fishing disputes escalate in Jaffna
14.10.17 07:34   Photo
Tamil protesters confront Maithiripala Sirisena in Jaffna
13.10.17 17:40   Photo
North at standstill, Sampanthan not to accompany Sirisena to Jaffna
12.10.17 23:35  
SL military postpones land release for 2 years as UN awarded Colombo with 2 more years in Geneva
11.10.17 23:48   Photo
20 Tamil organisations to lay siege to SL Governor's office on Friday
10.10.17 22:05   Photo
SL ‘Manipulative Justice’ exposed once again in Tamil political prisoners’ case: Sivapalan
09.10.17 22:09  
Protests gain momentum as hunger-striking political prisoners’ health deteriorates
08.10.17 23:00   Photo
SL constitutional discourse seen coupled with ‘Vision 2025’ policy of genocidal Sri Lanka
Find this article at: