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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 828

Impose Economic Sanctions on Sri Lanka:Jayalalithaa urges Centre

By Sathyalaya Ramakrishnan
Chennai, 09 February, (Asiantribune.com):

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has urged the Prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh to move the world body for imposing economic sanctions on Sri Lanka, till minority Tamils Got equal rights.

Ms Jayalalithaa also accused Dr Sing for weakening a UN resolution against Sri Lanka for its alleged human rights abuse.

Replying to a discussion in the Assembly on the Governor's address on Thursdqay, she said, India had voted against Sri Lanka in the UNHCR last year on a "strong" resolution, after her repeated insistence with the Prime Minister.

"Even then the Prime Minister had weakened it (the resolution)," she said.

Recalling a resolution adopted in the Assembly in 2011, Jayalalithaa said, it had called for economic sanctions till minority Tamils were ensured equal status at par with the Sinhalese and also press the United Nations to declare those who committed alleged crimes during the decades long conflict in Sri Lanka,as "war criminals" .

Reading out excerpts from a letter she claimed was written by the PM to the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, she quoted the Prime Minister as having said, "...Your Excellency would be aware that we spared no effort and were successful in introducing an element of balance in the language of the resolution."

While Colombo was yet to act on this "watered down" resolution, there were reports suggesting US was moving another Sri Lanka-specific motion in the UNHCR, she said.

Apart from the US initiative, "considering the welfare of Tamils, India should bring one motion based on the unanimous resolution passed in the Tamil Nadu Assembly and implement it along with other countries," she demanded.

No Power cut from 2013 End

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa further said there will be no power cuts from 2013-end with the state set to realise 3,000 MW by then and her government expediting a series of projects.

Replying to a discussion in the Assembly on the Governor’s address to the House, she blamed the previous DMK government for acute power shortage in Tamil Nadu and said during her 2001-06 regime, various power generation projects to the tune of 3095 MW were initiated but the subsequent DMK Government did not proceed with them.

She said the projects were put on fast track after an ’extensive’ review of the power situation since she took over in 2011.

Mentioning that a series of initiatives, including different units of Vallur and Mettur thermal projects and a joint venture with Neyveli Lignite Corporation, which would start producing power at different points of time in the coming months were on, she added, some of them had started doing trial runs.

Out of the total 3,312 MW of electricity from these projects, the state was already getting 375 MW and will receive another 2175 MW by June and 762 MW by year end.

“Further, we will get electricity from the Kundankulam Nuclear Power Plant and the NLC’s Phase-II expansion,” she said, adding that agreements have also been signed to procure 900 MW from private players after June and 500 MW from other states for three years.

Further, tenders will be called for two thermal power projects for 2640 MW and the state will also focus on producing 3000 MW of solar power for its future needs, she said.

While the 2006-11 DMK government had only added 206 MW of installed capacity, the Karunanidhi government during its 1996-2001 stint, had not started any power generation project, she said.

During the final days of the DMK government, the state-run TANGEDCO had suffered a losses of Rs 40,000 crore as on March 31, 2011.

- Asian Tribune -

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