Murunkan protestors demand share in peace dividend
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 10 September 2002, 19:41 GMT]
More than five hundred farmers, traders and community
leaders demonstrated in Murunkan in Mannar Tuesday
demanding the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) to
deliver on its promise to start rehabilitation and
reconstruction in the area following the ceasefire.
Sri Lankan government officials in Mannar said that
the Minister for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction had
allocated 208 million rupees for the purpose but the
Treasury had no money to give.
Traffic on the Mannar Vavuniya- Madawachchi main road
was blocked briefly Tuesday morning by the
They handed over memorandum to the GOSL through the
Divisional Secretary for Nanaattaan, Mr. A.
Paththinathan, outlining their demands.
The protestors want the GOSL to repair the Giantís
Tank and rebuild the dilapidated roads from Murunkan
to Arippu and from Murunkan to Naanattaan. They want
the Ministry of Health to give the Murunkan District
Hospital an ambulance.
Farmers in the south-eastern parts of Mannar say that
the Giantís Tank irrigation reservoir should be
repaired immediately in time for the approaching
season for sowing paddy. The reservoir is spread on
24438 acres near Murunkan. It is in a serious state of
disrepair due to years of neglect and war, and mainly
due to the GOSL's studied apathy towards maintaining
irrigation systems in the war zones of the northeast