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    Ignore the hurdle caused by TNA MPs for petty political gains - Minister Devananda

    October 14, 2014

    The District Development Progress Review meeting of the Northern Province chaired by President Mahinda Rajapaksa was held on Monday (13) in Jaffna.

    The meeting commenced with a welcome speech by Minister Douglas Devananda. Minister Devananda at the conclusion of his speech made a few requests to the President on behalf of the people in the North.

     

    Firstly, he requested Dinesh Gunawardana and the President to ignore the hurdle caused by TNA parliamentarians for mere petty political advantage in implementing the drinking water project from Irranaimadu to Palai, Pooneryn and Jaffna and to take necessary action to implement it without delay. While implementing this project, the genuine grievances of the Killinochchi farmers need to be addressed and this could be done without halting the project as a whole.

     

    Secondly, he requested the President to implement the "Thesathin Mahudam" (Deyata Kirula) mega national development programme for 2016 in the Northern Province which is aimed at bringing strategically selected and target oriented regional development programmes of the Government closer to people.

     

    Thirdly, while thanking the President for rehabilitating about 12,000 former LTTE cadres and integrating them into the fabric of society within a short period of time, he requested from the President and the Secretary of Defense as a gesture of goodwill to release those misguided former LTTEers who are in prison, remand or in detention and have not committed any serious crimes but languishing behind bars for a long period of time, enabling them to celebrate the forthcoming Deepavali festival with their family members.

     

    Fourthly, while thanking the President for releasing quite a lot of lands and premises occupied by the security forces to its owners; in Jaffna district alone the security forces have released about 17,503 acres of land and 647 houses since the end of the conflict, he made a request from the President to consider releasing those lands whichever is possible to its owners in stages without compromising the national security.

     

    Finally, Minister Devananda said that there are about 102,816 Samurdhi recipients in the Northern Province and he would be thankful if Minister Basil Rajapaksa would consider reviewing this and increase the number of Samurdhi recipients to 125,000.(KH)

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