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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2955

Government confident of winning; to hold PC Elections

Raja Arambewela for Asian Tribune

23 November, ( Mr. Lakshman Yapa Aveywardena, the Media Minister revealed that government is making preparations to hold elections for five provincial councils after the vote of the third reading of the budget for 2009. A confident minister who says that government received a majority of 42 votes in the second reading vote of the budget, assures that there is no doubt of the Government’s victory at these elections

In this regard, the Minister reasons out by saying that, opening a land route to Jaffna from Colombo after a long time is a victory for all the people. He points out that it is clear that, during past three years the government has spend a huge amount money on national security and has carried many welfare programmes for the people.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Ministry of Disaster Relief Services and resettlement says that a convoy, of 64 Lorries carrying food and other essential items, is being streamlined at the Omanthai entry/exit point. It is said that out of 64 Lorries in the convoy 44 Lorries are of the World Food Programme and the rest of 20 Government Lorries, contains Rice, Flour, Sugar, Drugs and Kerosene. These food and other essential items are being sent to the displaced in the non-liberated areas in the Mullaittivu and Kilinochchi districts. The Government, according to the spokesman, has maintained a continuous supply of these items to these districts with the co-ordination of ICRC and the UN.

The Ministry spokesman further said that, with the commencement of Humanitarian Operations this process of sending Food and other essential items to these districts is speeded up with the co-operation received from the World Food Programme and other NGOs. According to him, five thousand metric tons of food has been stored already in the buffer stocks in Vavunia and more buffer stocks will be established in Kilinochchi and Mullaittivu districts.

The Minister of Highways,, T.B. Attanayake said the renovation of the Colombo-Jaffna highway via Pooneryn has already begun and that the Madu to Silawthurai section is already being renovated. He said, while the road from Mannar to Pooneryn will be built with two lanes, the stretch of 41 kilometres from Silawathurai to Pooneryn too will be renovated and that they have already begun awarding tenders for the constructions of these sections. He further said that 180metre Iron Bridge is Silawathurai was vested in the public recently.

The Minister of Health, Mr. Nimal Siripala announced that the Government has decided to offer an insurance of Rupees One Million to all Medical Officer serving in the North and East and that a Cabinet Paper will soon be submitted to offer compensation to the bereaved family of the Medical Officer who was killed by the LTTE last Sunday.

He further said that he made this pledge at a meeting he had with doctors serving in the North and East. He had further said that Ministry of Defense has promised to provide security for them. He said this to the doctors who are refusing to go these areas due to the recent killing of their colleague who was not provided security. The minister told them that if these doctors are transferred out of these areas as requested the health services in these areas will be paralyzed and that, with the next internship appointments, opportunity to transfers to other areas can be given to Medical Officers who have served in these two provinces for more than two years.

- Asian Tribune -

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