Home / News/ Northern people have bigger problems than war memorials: Rajitha

Northern people have bigger problems than war memorials: Rajitha


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00


 

  • Says they want solutions to land issues, answers on missing loved ones, release of detainees without trial
  • Denies any attempt of Sinhalisation

People of post-war north are grappling with bigger issues concerning their basic needs and not bothered about war memorials, Cabinet Co-Spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne said this week. 

Speaking at the weekly post-Cabinet media briefing the Minister claimed that despite the Northern Province Chief Minister’s repeated claims on the need to remove the war memorials erected after the war ended in 2009, the people grappling with a multitude of problems in the area pay little attention to such structures. 

“The problems in the north are bigger than war memorials. The Chief Minister doesn’t see it as he is comfortably off, but many people in the north are struggling with their day-to-day lives. They want their land back and want to know what happened to their loved ones who have gone missing, they want action on the detainees who have not been charged. There is serious joblessness in the north and housing issues,” he said. 

Outlining one issue after the other, the Minister claimed that no civilian living in the north had raised the issue of war memorials with him or other Government ministers. 

“The Chief Minister is trying to make a fuss over his inability to do anything through the Provincial Council,” He Claimed. Denying any attempt of ‘Sinhalisation’ in the Mahaweli project as claimed by some civil society organisations, Senarathne said the Government had no such plans. 

“That was only during Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s time only, after that it has stopped,” he claimed.

 


Share This Article


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

Laurels of ‘Living Together’: Refreshing reflections

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

It was a memorable evening with a mega gathering for a meaningfully different reason. It was not just another book launch with ego-boosting speeches about the author. It was also not an event where a popular politician coming late and preaching about


The fate of the rupee: Central Bank is caught with ‘Devil’s Alternative’

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Not all are losing when the rupee depreciates The recent depreciation of the rupee against the US dollar in the market has apparently driven the entire nation to a panic mode. While it had been a field day for the media and opposition law makers, the


Southbound rupee and northbound CoL

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

The Sri Lankan Rupee hit a record low of 170 per $ last week, and the Minister of Finance warns of further depreciation. This is inevitable given the chaotic state of the nation’s economy. While the rupee turns south, CoL (cost of living) has no o


In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit


Columnists More