GoSL must pay compensation to Batticaloa IDPs- MP

[TamilNet, Friday, 20 April 2007, 04:24 GMT]
One third of the Batticaloa Tamil population has been made refugees and, as a result, the educational, social and economical resources and growth of the Tamil people have suffered grave setback, P. Ariyaneththiran, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Member of Parliament for Batticaloa district said in a press communiqué Thursday. He urged the Sri Lanka Government authorities to take steps to pay compensation to those who suffered economic loss due to displacement.

P. Ariyanenthiran
P. Ariyanenthiran, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian.
The full text of the communiqué follows:

The total population of Batticaloa is 579 469. Out of them, Tamils are 426,896; Muslims are 151,487 and Sinhalese are 1,162.

100,045 people from Paduvankarai region and 21,000 people from Vaharai area are presently live in IDP camps. They have lost their total income as they are unable to continue their occupations like paddy cultivation, small crops, fishing, cattle breeding, diary production, pottery, etc.

In the last season of Paddy cultivation, 63,215 acres were cultivated and a harvest of 94,394 metric ton paddy expected. However, due to the vulnerable situation prevailing in the area, more than 10,000 farmers were denied access to harvest their crops.

Last year, 70,000 metric ton paddy was harvested in the prime season and 50,882 metric ton was harvested in the secondary season in Batticaloa. Due to the abnormal situation, 120,882 metric ton paddy cultivation was lost in three seasons, 63,215 acre paddy cultivation in prime season, 31,480 acre in secondary season and 1,200 acre in late season.

The government should come forward to pay compensation for the affected farmers for their losses.

Paduvankarai region, cattle farmers produced 21,000 liters milk every day. Out of the amount, 18,000 liters was sent to the neighboring Polannaruwa district to produce diary products. The rest of the milk was turned to curd and consumed by the locals.

Due to the shelling towards Paduvankarai region by the Sri Lanka Army in the recent past, nearly 8,000 cattle were killed and more than 20 continue die everyday. The present market value of a cattle is SL rupees 50,000.00.

The small crops like maize, black gram, green gram, gingerly, etc and vegetables like eggplant, ladies finger, chilly, snake guard, etc, cultivated in 500 acres were also destroyed.

More than 5,000 fresh water fishermen who fish in the inland tanks for their livelihood, too have lost their income.

Furthermore, many small industries like production of bricks, pottery, and stones were also affected.

In the meantime, a number of schools and temples too were affected and the valuable articles kept there were looted. The houses of the people also were broken and the valuable things stolen.

Considering the above loss of property, the government should pay due compensation for the affected people.


Chronology:

 

Latest 15 Reports
21.09.17 22:14  
Champoor Tamils’ security, livelihood threatened by US military partnership with genocidal Sri Lanka
20.09.17 23:37   Photo
Sathasivam papers on Sumerian-Tamil connections see the light of day
19.09.17 22:53  
Tamil village in Batticaloa-Polonnaruwa border Sinhalicized by Mahaweli authority, Survey Dept
18.09.17 18:18   Photo
Uprooted people find houses destroyed by SL Navy in Ira'nai-theevu after 2008
17.09.17 22:07  
Muslims oppose Colombo's ‘Sinhala-only’ policy in public administration of Ampaa'rai
16.09.17 23:49  
Families of enforced disappeared want answers, no deceptive bills to genocidal system
15.09.17 23:30   Photo
30th remembrance of Lt Col Thileepan strengthens resolve among Eezham Tamils
14.09.17 22:52   Photo
Sirisena’s Mahaweli ministry twists old records to Sinhalicize Paduvaankarai
13.09.17 16:39  
EPRLF opposes 20A to SL Constitution, ITAK duo wrongs again says Premachandran
12.09.17 23:17   Photo
Alienate lands to Sinhala colonists or face transfer: SL Governor warns Tamil DS in Vanni
11.09.17 12:10  
Risking legal action, Hakeem wants to transfer lands to Hizbulla’s colony in Batticaloa
10.09.17 23:24   Photo
Uprooted fishermen vow to continue their fight for Pa'l'li-munai in Mannaar
09.09.17 23:29  
Mano Ganesan’s NGO Secretariat restricts freedom of organisation in Batticaloa
08.09.17 19:23  
I'rakkaamam Police behaves as occupying Sinhala Force: Muslims
07.09.17 18:03  
SL Attorney General's Dept., TID continue to conspire against Tamil political prisoners
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=21936