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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2647

Have the courage to introduce new measures to urge the people to live economically - Anandasangaree

Colombo, 19 October, (Asiantribune.com):

The Secretary General of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Mr. V.Anandasangaree has appealed to the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe to have the courage to introduce new measures to urge the people to live economically.

He has urged him to Identify the category of people who are not in receipt of sufficient income to feed the members of their families. Introduce the ration system for such people including the Plantation sector.

Mr. Anandasangaree in open letter to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe with a copy to President Maithripala Srisena has emphazised that “A certain quantity of essential food items should be supplied to such families either free of charge or at subsidized price. This is the only way you can please the poor people who brought you to power.
Till the country’s economy improves please avoid exemptions and waivers of taxes and such other similar matters. “

Given below the full text of the open letter by V.Anandasangaree, Secretary General of the TULF to Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe with copy to President Maithripala Srisena:

Pathetic plight of the ordinary man

I wish to draw your kind attention to my letter dated 13th June, 2016 addressed to His Excellency the President captioned, “War victims need financial assistance” a copy of which was sent to you. In that letter I had suggested the reintroduction of the supply of food items under the ration scheme, either free or under subsidy, to the deserving people.

I wish to mention here about the request I made to the former President soon after the end of the war in May 2009. I requested him to locate a place under the control of the government to accommodate the vehicles such as Lorries, tractors with trailers, cars motorcycles, vans etc belonging to the war victims of Vanni.

With security provided for the owners of vehicles to visit their areas, to identify their vehicles and to take them all to the common place or places ear-marked by the government. Unfortunately no one responded to my request but if responded almost all the vehicles worth several billions of rupees could have been saved. The money spent in resettling the internally displaced persons could have been very much less than what was spent and sufferings of the people would have been considerably reduced. Now as it is even eight years after the end of the war, the people are living like beggars.

Merely because no one is making representations on behalf of the IDPs, it does not mean that they are living in comfort. The assistance coming from the Diaspora is not reaching those who deserve help.

Hon Prime Minister, the ordinary man on the street is fully aware as to what is happening in the country and also about the functioning of the government. I learned through the papers that you have waived a large sum of money import duty of a luxury vehicle, imported by a Tamil politician. The Tamil people who cast their votes for sentimental reasons are very furious about it. Please imagine the feelings of a voter whose family lives on the verge of starvation. I suggest that the members of Parliament could be gifted with Indian vehicles as you did during the time you served as Prime Minister earlier when members of Parliament received Tata Safari and Scopio vehicles.

The sufferings of the Plantation workers can be compared with that of the internally displaced persons. No one can dispute the fact that almost everyone in this country had, in one way or the other, been affected by the war. But it varies in degree. I reiterate that the only solution to solve numerous problems the people are facing is for the government to take over some of the problems and find solutions for them.

I humbly appeal to you, to have the courage to introduce new measures to urge the people to live economically. Identify the category of people who are not in receipt of sufficient income to feed the members of their families. Introduce the ration system for such people including the Plantation sector. A certain quantity of essential food items should be supplied to such families either free of charge or at subsidized price. This is the only way you can please the poor people who brought you to power. Till the country’s economy improves please avoid exemptions and waivers of taxes and such other similar matters.

In a situation when the government can afford to wave 50- 60 million due as import tax of a Luxury vehicle for one Member of Parliament of the Tamil community. How can we satisfy the people who lived in virtual starvation?

If the government could afford to lose very large sums of money by waver of tax and on such other matter, I can’t understand as to why the government can’t reintroduce the ration system and supply free of charge or at subsidized price a certain quantity of essential food items for those families whose income is below a certain level.

It may not be out of place if the government considers my proposal as part of a solution to the employees in the estates sector, to solve the present crises.

This is nothing new for the estate workers since this system prevail years back now dropped for reasons and now not known.

- Asian Tribune -

Have the courage to introduce new measures to urge the people to live economically - Anandasangaree
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