People who care about the Sri Lankan Public must demand removal of Provincial Council system
Posted on June 18th, 2013

Shenali D Waduge

There are plenty of people in competition with the Government claiming to know what is best for the people of Sri Lanka. So let us work upon the premise that their work is solely to ensure the masses, especially the downtrodden and poor are given the best of State services. Given that we assume that all what these representatives from forums, organizations and association say and do connotes to mean that they care for the people ideally what they should be demanding is the complete removal of the Provincial Council system because for 24 years it has offered zero-service to the people who matter and the scale of crimes and abuse committed by these provincial councils is enough reason not to continue to support a system. So why do these organizations demand the continuance of the 13th amendment and the provincial council system?

Here are the reasons why we need to categorically tell the Government that they need to take immediate action on the PC system and not simply be satisfied to take case by case disciplinary action which is simply to remove party membership and deny nomination. That cane strategy has not stopped the increase in crimes in the least.  

2013 – Crimes and Abuse in Provincial Councils

·         UPFA North Western Provincial Council arrested for making a teacher kneel at his feet

·         North Western Provincial Councillor of the UNP arrested for attacking vehicle of fellow MP

·         UNP Sabragamuwa Provincial Councillor arrested for assaulting 2 foreigners

·         Attanagalle Magistrate’s Court impounded the passport of Deputy Petroleum Industries Minister after the case against him for issuing death threats and kidnapping of a child in 2009 was taken up in court.

·         Rambewa PS Opposition Leader remanded for swindling Rs.1million from a village death society fund.

·         Ridimaliyadda PS Chairman arrested for assaulting a 49 year old woman and her 21 year old daughter.

·         Embilipitiya PS Chairman surrenders after absconding for a week on charges of assaulting 2 police officers.

·         Embilipitiya PS Deputy Chairman is issued notice for not appearing in court charged for driving 8000 cattle into Maduru Oya National Park, where it is illegal to graze.

·         Karuwalagaswewa PS Chairman assaults 18 year old. The same PS Chairman warned for drunken misbehavior in 2012.

·         UPFA Karandeniya PS member remanded for molesting 36year old woman

·         Deputy Chairmn of Akurana PS arrested for attacking another PS member.

·         Moratuwa Deputy Mayor arrested by CID for killing a Chief Monk

2012 – Crimes and Abuse in Provincial Councils

·         Central provincial councilor involved in school admission racket

·         Ruling party Tangalle local government councilor and 2 others surrender for raping 13 year old

·         Chairman of the Akuressa Pradeshiya Sabha arrested for sexually abusing a 14-year-old

·         Central Provincial Health Minister arrested for assaulting a specialist doctor at the Kandy General hospital.

·         Ruling party Pradeshiya Sabha member arrested for assaulting employee of the Badulla Water Board office.

·         UNP member of Galenbindunuwewa PS arrested for assaulting a resident in a nearby area

·         Ridigama PS member arrested for hurling stones at a vehicle of a Kurunegala District parliamentarian

·         UPFA member of Warakapola PS arrested for assaulted a 72 year old woman in Dedigama.

·         Wattegama UC Chairman surrenders after assaulting fruit vendor in Wattegama.

·         Mawathagama PS Chairman arrested for assaulting a 28 year old.

·         UNP Southern PC arrested by Akmeemana police for causing traffic congestion in their drunken state.

·         Balapitiya PS Vice Chairman arrested and fined for unruly behavior due to liquor.

·         Ruling party Kelaniya PS member arrested for creating a commotion with residents over garbage issue

·         Kalutara PS Chairman arrested by Bribery officials for accepting 3million bribe from a property developer.

·         PS member arrested for involvement in double killing of mother and daughter in Kahawatte, Ratnapura

·         UNP Southern Provincial Councillor known as “raththaran” arrested for disrupting traffic police

·         Member Horana Pradeshiya Sabha arrested for felling a jak tree without license

·         Member of Sapugaskanda Pradeshiya Sabha arrested for taking bribes from those transporting sand without license

·         Secretary to a Minister arrested for taking Rs.2.6milion bribe.

·         Member of Mahawa Pradeshiya Sabha arrested for killing a deer

·         Vice Chairman Eastern PC arrested for threatening and abusing Trinco Court staff

·         Member of Western PC arrested for murder of a millionaire

·         Coordinating Secretary of a Kalutara Deputy Minister abducting a Pradeshiya Sabha member

·         Chairman Karuwalagaswewa Pradeshiya Sabha assaults staff member of the PS

In 2012 alone 42 politicians belonging to the provincial councils have been filed with legal action.

2011 – Crimes and Abuse in Provincial Councils

·         Killing of a British national in Tangalle by Tangalle PS Chairman and 8 others as well as sexually assaulting his girlfriend.

2010 “”…” Crimes and Abuse in Provincial Councils

·         UPFA Western Provincial Councillor arrested for murder of millionaire in Anamaduwa

 

Yes, the defense establishment are ensuring that these criminals are being arrested and charged, a scenario that was non-existent previously but at what cost is all this and do we need to put up with this any longer?

We are all well aware that the PC system came about after India forced Sri Lanka to sign the Indo-Lanka Peace Accord in 1987 and therafter to amend its Constitution to introduce a system that replicated the federal system in India. Those drafting the amendment and PC system on behalf of Sri Lanka must have forgotten the size of Sri Lanka or its population as compared to that of India.  

Anyway the Constitution of Sri Lanka was forced to accept the 13th amendment and PC system on 14 November 1987.

India’s reason for the 13th amendment was that it would address Sri Lanka’s “ethnic” problem. Agreeing to the 13th amendment was UNP, SLMP of Vijaya Kumaratunga, CP, LSSP and NSSP “”…” we demand to know from them where the ethnic problem is and how in 24 years has the ethnic problem being solved? If it hasn’t been solved in 24 years and the terrorist problem was solved in 3 years it certainly shows these political parties that they have erred. Now some of these members are MPs enjoying backdoor privileges and yet using their office to undermine the national security of the nation.

Of course it was anyones guess as to why India insisted the merger of North and East subject to a referendum within a year which was never held and the demerger of the 2 provinces took place after the JVP filed an FR and successfully demerged the 2 provinces in 2006. With that precedent some advisors have fooled the President into agreeing to simply passing a bill removing his right to merge 2 or more provinces. Maybe the best option is to merge all the provinces and make it into a unitary state which is what Sri Lanka has to be and nothing else.

A good look at the 24 years that the PC system has functioned reveals not so much the lack of delegation of powers which is often a complaint made against the Government but if the simple things that the PCs are assigned to do are not done, how can they be empowered to do far more serious matters? And with such a crime wave these PCs are asking for parliamentary privileges along the lines that the Government MPs are given “”…” we shudder to think how they will use these privileges given the scale of crimes that exist.

When funds are allocated if they misappropriate those funds instead of utilizing them for basic requirements for the people of these provinces should anyone but they be blamed for their inability to perform instead of complaining that PCs cannot even transfer a laborer or summon a high government official. When we see the type of characters that get elected to these PCs would any official wish to even meet them and find their fate no different to what happened to a teacher who was forced to kneel infront of a PC member inside her own class. What a traumatizing experience for the teacher and what message does it give to children who are already victims of a poor education system?

Yes, political parties are to blame “”…” it is they who claim to carry out stringent campaigns to select their nominees and what do they produce “”…” the above records show the results. So if political parties do not encourage professionals and learned people who are respected by the people of the province and rely on thugs and goons to nominate naturally we know where Sri Lanka’s political stature is going to lead and no political parties will end up producing leaders for tomorrow and leaders who would serve the nation without plundering it.

There are many reasons why India’s 13th a and its PC system should be thrown into the bin “”…” with such an incompetent lot of people, PCs that cannot even draft statutes (laws) and end up having to send to the AG’s department where it gathers dust, or when they cannot represent their case at the Financial Commission yet what is the use when they end up spending funds allocated on nothing that serves the province “”…” we need to now say that the Government has to seriously address this once and for all.

Maintaining provincial councils is an unnecessary burden on the people. That money could easily be used for proper welfare measures and not to fatten the purses of PC members and their families. For 5 years people have to endure tremendous suffering and if they decide to choose the opposite camp the story is no different either.  

Lets hear it from the horses mouths: ” most provincial ministers and members are only interested in the enlistment of their families and not that of the people. They want to make money. So when the centre doesn’t give money and the members get keen on making money, there is no purpose of provincial councils”. Gamini Jayawickreme Perera ( UNP). Former Chief Minister, Wayamba Province.

Rs.60million was spent to maintain 114 members of 3 PCs (Eastern, Sabaragamuwa, North Central)

Rs.650million was spent by the Elections Department to hold 3 elections.

How many Provinces still suffer from the lack of basic amenities like a decent road? How much of funds is needed to put some gravel on to a muddy road so that the children don’t get splattered with mud before going to school and pregnant mothers don’t risk falling and hurting themselves or the elderly escape injury too?

The Government does not need to spoon feed PC members into prioritizing what they need to do. Even the Municipalities for that matter “”…” how much of money do they waste and then bemoan that they need more funds to eradicate dengue when they don’t come to pick the garbage on time or clean the drains and the people end up having to pay the municipality to collect their garbage as well as hire laborers to clear the public drains.

If the Chief Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council Abdul Majeed Mohammed says that “Sri Lanka doesn’t need provincial councils” that is a start and it is time that the others stop hiding behind various masks in view of what merits their existence and put the country before self for a change.

The ranaviruwo and the Defense Secretary has led the way by eradicating terrorism and now 4 years after that victory the politicians are still dabbling away picking straws without doing what they are voted to power to do. They are not voted to please India.

When the organizations that profess to also be concerned about the public carry placards and send aggrieved notes to foreign climes bemoaning that the Government is diluting the 13th amendment and thinking of abolishing the PC system they are no different to the PC members listed above because by wanting such a system to exist they are only encouraging crimes against people. That shows their true colors too.

We are at a critical juncture. If the armed forces led by Defense Secretary cleaned the stables and eradicated the terrorists it is now time to clean the political stable starting with removing all the foreign imposed legislatures beginning with the 13th amendment and the PC system and introducing an indigenous one. Nothing is impossible to do if there is a will to do it. If we successfully introduced and ran an indigenous rehabilitation and reintegration program while the West still has scores of prisoners in don’t know where locations, the previously functioning district councils are the best solution. Moreover, it would be good for the political parties to put an end to nominating goons and thugs and start to nurture people of respect and until such time the people must stop casting their votes for such characters without complaining after voting for them.

As for the organizations professing to be concerned about the people “”…” we now know that their concern has nothing to do with the interest of the people of Sri Lanka.

 

 

13 Responses to “People who care about the Sri Lankan Public must demand removal of Provincial Council system”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    PM frowns on land and police powers to pcs

    DailyNews.lk
    June 18, 2013

    The 13th Amendment to the Constitution has opened up a dialogue in the media and the public space. It is a characteristic of democracy. Some say the 13th Amendment is needed; some say it is not required. However, Police powers and Land powers referenced in the Amendment are not required at this juncture, Prime Minister and Buddhasasana and Religious Affairs Minister D.M. Jayaratne said.

    The Prime Minister made these comments at a meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday. He said giving Police and Land powers will create needless issues in a small country like Sri Lanka. “This would lead to many problems in the future. The 30-year war in Sri Lanka was brought to an end under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    Efforts are being made by certain groups to create political uncertainty in the country with the backing of with international forces whose objective is to paralyze the country’s development pace,” Prime Minister Jayaratne said. “Equity is the main feature of a society. When creating an equal society, the differences among nationalities, races, castes and religions should be eliminated,” he said.

    The Prime Minister said all religions are the same and this concept was misunderstood by some religious groups.

    He said the basic concept of any religion is to develop people spiritually.

    “However, there are many differences in the practice and use of religions. All religious leaders have preached on the virtues of social justice,” the Prime Minister said.

    He said the media exists not to create problems, but to solve them. “As a government we believe in media freedom. However, there are instances where the media act in an irresponsible manner. The media render a great service to society.

    However, a small section of the media are trying to create problems for the country. Media freedom should be utilised wisely and it is the responsibility of the media to reveal corruption and fraud of politicians,” the Prime Minister said.

    President Rajapaksa responds positively to media revelations. In some instances, the President demands immediate action in response to media reports. Media is the bridge that links Sri Lanka with the outside world, he said.

    Additional Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. I.H.K. Mahanama, Additional Secretary of the Buddhasasana and Religious Affairs Minister J.A.A.N. Kannangara, Commissioner General of Buddhist Affairs Chandraprema Gamage and officials also participated.

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    Sri Lanka nationalist party introduces bill to abolish PC system

    Tue, Jun 18, 2013, 08:46 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    June 18, Colombo: An ally of Sri Lanka’s governing party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) today introduced a bill to abolish the provincial council system enacted by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in 1987.

    JHU leader and Gampaha district parliamentarian, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero was granted leave to introduce the Bill, entitled “Bill to amend the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka”

    The JHU motion aims primarily to repeal the 13th Amendment to the Constitution which paved way for the power devolving Provincial Council system in the island.

  3. Ananda-USA Says:

    Shenali,

    Thank you for researching and identifying the abuses and crimes committed by individual Provincial Council officials in recent years.

    That is the TIP OF THE VAST ICEBERG of waste, abuse, corruption and criminality that extends deep below the surface. They are INDICATIVE of the CULTURE OF IMPUNITY that has taken hold of the Provincial Councils and the CONTEMPT that they have for their CAPTIVE PEOPLE they are supposed to CARE FOR and PROTECT.

    The MOST IMPORTANT reasons for DISSOLVING the Provincials Councils are:

    1. They represent an UNNECESSARY LAYER OF GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACY that burdens the people with BUREAUCRATIC red tape and ECONOMIC costs. They create ADDITIONAL bureaucratic barriers to common people trying to get the simplest things done, and increase costs by levying nuisance fees that are used to sustain the bureaucracy. The unending GREED of the PC staff requires ever increasing taxes to be imposed, and ever increasing bribes to be paid. They SIPHON-OFF funds from the National Government allocated to providing services and improving infrastructure to maintain that bloated staff. IN EFFECT, the Provincial Councils now represent a pack of WOLVES legally sanctioned to live off the hapless citizen SHEEP. We need LESS of this type of government; not MORE.

    2. The Provincial Councils create centers of power supported by communities who can be manipulated into supporting anti-national activities. It DILUTES the power of the National Government and creates BARRIERS to ACTION by the National Government to DEFEND and PROTECT the Nation and its People.

    An EXAMPLE of this is the FAILURE of State governments in India to protect the people from Naxalite terrorist attacks. Partly it happens because they lack the RESOURCES, partly it is because the terrorists come from safe haven in adjoining states over which the targeted states have NO JURISDICTION, and in part because the State Government Officials are in the pay of the Naxalites and COLLABORATE with the terrorists instead of protecting the innocent citizens.

    IN yet another recent EXAMPLE, the governments of the Indian States adjoining BanglaDesh scuttled a new National Agreement between India and BanglaDesh to repatriate up to 20 million illegal Bangladeshi immigrants living in India … on purely communal considerations. If Sri Lanka wanted to repatriate illegal immigrants from Tamil Nadu, it will have to seek permission and cooperation of the Northern Provincial Council, dominated, presumably, by the TNA! Without Police Powers in the Northern Province, how will the National Government investigate, arrest and deport these illegal immigrants, or halt new terrorist activity fomented by the Tiger Nominated Agents of the TNA?

    3. The Provincial Councils create sub-national centers of power that create barriers to the IMPLEMENTATION of National Infrastructure Projects, such as Roads, and Irrigation Systems, and even Education facilities and programs, that cut across Provincial Boundaries. For EXAMPLE, the Mahaveli river cuts across several Provinces, each of whom has a valid claim to its waters. Currently, the National Government of Sri Lanka is empowered to make the decision after evaluating the environmental and economic impacts, but when PCs are fully empowered it will lack the power to do so. Provincial councils can then veto ANY project depending on the narrow interests of its residents, and more dangerously, the prejudices of its own councilors. Mavil Aru was a precursor of this kind of resources sharing problem that could arise in the future. This has also become a HUGE PROBLEM in India, especially with regard to sharing river waters between states, holding up not only water projects but also the construction of power plants.

    4. Finally, of course, there is the 13A requirement of National Bills having to be approved unanimously by all Provincial Councils for passage in Parliament. This has security, economic, legal and political ramifications on every level that SUBJUGATES the Will of the Majority of the Citizens of Sri Lanka to the Will of the much Smaller Minorities living in the Provinces, and their Provincial Councillors. That is not “Democracy” reflecting the will of the many, but “Anarchy” imposing the will of the few! It will only require the capture of just ONE Provincial Council by Anti-National Elements to NEGATE the NATIONAL WILL!

    These are among the DANGERS of not REPEALING the 13th Amendment and DISSOLVING the Provincial Council System … especially when CONFRONTED by UNREPENTANT SEPARATISTS and Foreign Powers plying their own agendas to undermine and destabilize Sri Lanka. JUST SCRAP the 13th Amendment COMPLETELY!

    Creating and Devolving POWER to POLITICAL ENTITIES dominated by UNREPENTANT SEPARATISTS who were PROXIES of the MURDEROUS SEPARATISTS DEFEATED ONLY 4 YEARS AGO is an IRRESPONSIBLE FOLLY of MONUMENTAL PROPORTIONS! It BOGGLES my mind that such STUPIDITIES are even being SERIOUSLY CONTEMPLATED!

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    Lanka can’t toe India line on 13th Amendment: Gotabaya

    By P K Balachandran, COLOMBO
    NewIndianExpress.com
    27th May 2013 08:08 AM

    The influential Sri Lankan Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has said Sri Lanka should jettison the system of devolution contained in the India-inspired 13th Amendment of the country’s constitution, irrespective of India’s reaction.

    “Just because India or some other country will get angry, we cannot stop doing what is good for our country,” Gotabaya told the Tamil daily Sudar Oli on Sunday.

    He was asked if his statements against the devolution of power to the provinces would not irk India, which was responsible for the promulgation of the existing devolution system through the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987 and the 13th constitutional amendment which followed it. Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid had recently expressed displeasure over Lanka’s attempts to prune the 13th amendment to deny the provinces powers over land and police.

    Gotabaya expressed the fear that if the Tamil majority Northern Province went into the hands of the pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance (TNA) following the September 2013 elections to the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), that province would demand power over land and police and jeopardize national integrity and security.

    He recalled that the 13th amendment did not have the people’s support when it was enacted in 1987. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna had “set fire to the whole country,” and the LTTE leader Prabhakaran had rejected it, he pointed out.

    “Why should we implement it merely because it meets India’s needs?” Gotabaya asked.

    According to him some forces were trying to weaken Lanka’s Central Executive by divesting it of powers of land and the police; demanding independent commissions to make official appointments; and promoting an independent judiciary. Gotabaya, who is President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s sibling, suggested that Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims, should all “forget” about the 13th amendment and think about a “reasonable” solution to the ethnic question.

    However, according to “The Sunday Times” President Rajapaksa had told the cabinet that the NPC elections should be held as scheduled in September, and under the existing constitutional arrangement. Perhaps, Rajapaksa does not want to ruffle feathers in India and the West ahead of the Commonwealth summit scheduled to be held in Colombo in November.

  5. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    ANANDA !! Gota is very inspiring to the Sri Lankans. All Patriotic Sri Lankans, bank on Gota. He is a symbol of confidence.

  6. Sunil Vijayapala Says:

    every sri Lankan both local and abroad observe abuse of power everywhere except the leader. anyway prompt action has been taken on the teachers issue and he should be forced to kneel in front of the teacher, salute and apologise to her. this will be a lesson to all corrupt power abusing politicians.
    the leader thrive on corrupt politicians and their cohorts. his thugs rule the country. funny thing is that when a person of prominence is taken into custody, suddenly the person falls sick and moved to a hospital! all the time the culprit is okay and healthy except after arrest. abuse of power comes from right at the top. if the leader has his whip in his hand police need not. power comes from the corrupt base. criminals of the regime have been released on bail while others languish in remand and jail. can this go on forever?

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    Gotabhaya is echoing OUR PLEAS! He is in effect saying that ETHNIC INTEGRATION of the North and East is central to achieving National Integration, and Permanent Communal Harmony! BRAVO, Mr. Defence Secretary!

    RISE UP ….. O Patriots of Mother Lanka …. RISE UP, in your TENS of MILLIONS, and REPEAL the 13th Amendment and DISSOLVE the Provincial Council System NOW. Raise your VOICE NOW to make PERMANENT the PEACE & HARMONY in our Resplendent Motherland!

    ………………………….
    Gotabhaya abhors exclusivity for any race anywhere

    by Shamindra Ferdinando
    Island.lk
    June 18, 2013, 10:00 pm

    Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said the Northern Province should be opened up for all communities to live in without further delay. That would be of pivotal importance to promote bonding among the people in the post-war era.

    The Defence Secretary emphasised that the Sinhalese shouldn’t be deprived of their right to buy land in any part of the country, including the Northern Province comprising the administrative districts of Jaffna, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya.

    The outspoken official said that the Sinhalese and the Muslim public servants too, should be allowed to serve in the Northern Province as well as in the predominantly Tamil areas of the Eastern Province.

    Asked whether he would take up the issue with the government, the Defence Secretary said that he had explained the situation to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    Those who had been propagating post-war national reconciliation should promote bonding among people, he said, alleging that as long as the Northern Province remained ‘closed’ to other communities it would continue to be a breeding ground for separatist sentiments.

    Responding to a query, the Defence Secretary said that many Tamil speaking people from the Northern and Eastern provinces had moved to Colombo and its suburbs as well as other areas over the years. In spite of the conclusion of the conflict in May, four years ago, they hadn’t been asked to return to their original places of living, he said. Likewise, others should be able to live in any part of the country, he added.

    The Defence Secretary said that recently he had had an opportunity to meet a Tamil engineer attached to the RDA and his deputy, also a Tamil speaking official responsible for an ongoing project at a Colombo suburb coming under his purview. If they could work here without any hindrance why couldn’t the people of other ethnicities be given appointments in the Northern region, the Defence Secretary queried.

    He recollected the circumstances under which the LTTE had driven the Sinhalese and the Muslims out of the Northern Province. A Norwegian found guilty of slaughtering about 80 men, women and children in 2011 was on record as having said that he was inspired by LTTE project to drive out the Muslims, he noted.

    The official emphasised the importance of taking tangible measures to address contentious issues. Although, the LTTE could no longer pose a military challenge, the post-war national reconciliation process was at risk due to the Northern Province having special status, he said. The Defence Secretary insisted that Northern Province shouldn’t be exclusively Tamil and similarly there should not be any exclusively Sinhala or Muslim areas in the country.

  8. Ananda-USA Says:

    Tiger Nominated Agents of the TNA whisper lies in the ears of the President of India, making him believe that Sri Lankan Tamils are denied equal rights, and provoking him to jump to conclusions that Tamils are being discriminated against in Sri Lanka.

    NOTHING is further from the TRUTH, Dr. Singh! … Tamils are a PRIVILEGED GROUP in Sri Lanka EVEN TODAY enjoying exclusive Land Rights in Jaffna under Thesavalamai Laws that prohibits sale of LAND to other communities, and enjoying FAR MORE social equity in Srii Lanka than Indian citizens do in Tamil Nadu in India.

    FURTHERMORE, Eelamist Tamils of the TNA, Political PROXIES representing the SEPARATIST LTTE TERRORISTS DEFEATED only 4 years ago, are demanding SPECIAL RIGHTS in the Northern Province unavailable to other communities of Sri Lanka. No Can Do, Dr. Singh, in Sri Lanka citizens have ONLY EQUAL RIGHTS, NOTHING MORE!

    The COMPLETE & TOTAL SOLUTION to ALL of these MACHIAVELLIAN STRATEGIES, and TREASONOUS ACTIVITIES, of these Tiger Nominated Agents seeking to WIN IN PEACE what they FAILED TO WIN IN WAR, is to REPEAL the 13th Amendment and DISSOLVE ALL PROVINCIAL COUNCILS in one fell swoop!

    RISE UP ….. O Patriotic Sons and Daughters of Mother Lanka …. RISE UP to DEFEND & PROTECT your Motherland and your PEOPLE from those internal and external enemies plotting to create a Patchwork Quilt of Walled-off Racist Apartheid Bantustans in Sri Lanka, FOREVER at WAR with ONE ANOTHER!

    RISE UP … Patriots … EELAM WAR V is HERE! Your Motherland needs your VOICE and your SWORD arm NOW!

    ………………………
    Indian PM dismayed over Sri Lanka’s plans to dilute 13th Amendment

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    June 19, Colombo: The Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is “dismayed” over the Sri Lankan government’s plans to dilute certain key provisions of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, India’s External Affairs Ministry said Tuesday.

    The Indian External Affairs Ministry said a six-member delegation of Sri Lanka’s major Tamil party, Tamil Alliance, is visiting India from June 16-19 and they have met the Indian PM Tuesday to hold discussions on a political solution and especially the 13th Amendment.

    The Ministry spokesman said that the Prime Minister conveyed to the TNA delegation that he was dismayed by reports suggesting that the Sri Lankan government is planning to dilute certain key provisions of the 13th Amendment ahead of the Northern Provincial Council elections.

    “The proposed changes raised doubts about the commitments made by the Sri Lankan government to India and the international community, including the United Nations, on a political settlement in Sri Lanka that would go beyond the 13th Amendment,” the Prime Minister has said.

    The changes would also be incompatible with the recommendation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), set up by the Sri Lankan government, calling for a political settlement based on the devolution of power to the provinces, the PM has noted.

    The Prime Minister has also said that he was deeply concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka.

    “He stressed on the expectation that the Sri Lankan Tamil community would lead a life of dignity, as equal citizens, and reiterated that India would make every effort to ensure the achievement of a future for the community marked by equality, justice and self-respect,” the Ministry spokesperson said.

    The delegation led by TNA leader R. Sampanthan, consists of parliamentarians Mavai Senathirajah, Suresh Premachandran, P. Selvarajah, Selvam Adaikalanathan and M.A. Sumanthiran. They had earlier called on the External Affairs Minister and the National Security Adviser. A TNA delegation had also visited India in October 2012.

  9. Ananda-USA Says:

    Tamils to vote in Provincial Council polls

    By P K Balachandran – COLOMBO
    NewIndianExpress.com
    June 19, 2013

    The Sri Lankan Parliament on Tuesday passed a Bill enabling people who were displaced from the Tamil-speaking Northern Province by the war to register for voting in the forthcoming elections to the Northern Provincial Council (NPC).

    With a certificate from the Grama Sevaka, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) can now cast their votes in the area in which they had lived prior to displacement. However, no person who is already registered as a voter in another place, can go back and vote in his original constituency in the North. The facility does not cover people who had left the country.

    Though the measure is seen as a just and democratic one, Tamil leaders say the revision of the electoral rolls, which will be necessitated by the Act, can be used to stall polls to the NPC to be held in September this year.

    “Anyone can go to court and stall the Northern elections,” said V Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front. The National Freedom Front (NFF) and other Sinhalese political parties are campai-

    gning against the NPC elections, as they fear that power may go into the hands of the “pro-LTTE” Tamil National Alliance (TNA).

    Envoy Arrives in SL

    Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, the new High Commissioner of India to SL, arrived in Colombo on Tuesday.

    Better known as Y K Sinha, the envoy had previously handled several important assignments at the Ministry of External Affairs, and in Indian missions in the Middle East, Europe, South America and the Permanent Mission of India at the UN.

  10. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    SHENALI !! The atrocities committed by the Provincial Councillars and Members of the Pradeshiya sabhas, reflected in your write up, is stunningly depressing, and it shows the new low, in Character and Discipline, amongst an uneducated class of people given administrative powers, without any qualifications whatsoever. MONKEYS GIVEN RAZORS.

    Their basic qualification, is being a politician, with no academic exposure, and ever ready to provide gangsterism services to those who helped them to where they are. Hence we see extortion, thuggery, rape, murder, child abuse, you name it, in this new breed of GOONS. They enjoy unlimited perks from the State, at Taxpayers expense. This is a new rich class, exhibiting arrogance and self arrogated power. The Government has no control on them, because they were the lot that did all the foot work for them to be in Parliament. So the goons were amply reciprocated with Hosannas, for their foot work. NOW THEY SAY, A BIRD IN THE HAND IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH. So hang on to the Provincial Councils.

    Coming to the subject of Sinhalese and Muslim ethnic cleansing from the North, the Government made the initial mistake of not rehabilitating them along with the Tamil IDPs in the North. It was appeasing, appeasing, the Tamils and the Indians all the way. The Poor Sinhalese and the Muslims were not even thought of. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE. The Government must forthwith rehabilitate these Sinhalese and Muslims who were subject to ethnic cleansing, immediately in the North, with all the infrastructure, Housing, Dry Rations and Seed Money, as given the Tamil IDPs. The Governmet should be fair by the Sinhalese and Muslims too. Then, it is reconciliation ready to bloom. The ever burning “National question” of the Tamils will be put to rest once and for all.

  11. Fran Diaz Says:

    Currently the 13-A which carries among other inimical items, the Provincial Councils, appears only to be building THUGS & THEIR FIEFDOMS. No good appears done for the People of those areas by the PCs.

    PCs cost the taxpayers of Sri Lanka Rs 130 BILLION/year and they also receive Rs 38 BILLION IN TAXES from those areas. Looking at the LONG list of CRIMES committed by the PC holders, we are dismayed, nay, feel devastated & depressed by what is happening to the country. Sri Lanka, thanks to the 13-A, s growing THUGS at taxpayer cost to run (ruin) the country.

    Bring back the SLAS (Sri Lanka Administrative Service) and grass roots strong organisations to run the country. Administratively speaking, this is how India holds together, through their Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

  12. Senevirath Says:

    P.C ADMINISTRATION MEANS ADMIN . BY THUGS
    S.L.A.S ADMIN .. MEANS ADMIN .. BY EDUCATED PEOPLE…(may be not wise) —— but better than thugs>>>>>

    MR. CHANDADASA
    WHAT DO U PREFER?

  13. Ananda-USA Says:

    The Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says:

    1. During the height of Eelam War IV, the three-member delegation to India comprising the Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, then Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa, and the Defence Secretary told India, represented by National Security Advisor M. K. Narayanan, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and Defence Secretary Vijay Singh, that POLICE POWERS WILL NOT BE DEVOLVED under the 13th Amendment and Narayanan had FULLY AGREED with it.

    2. When President Rajapaksa had assured India as well as other countries that his government would offer 13th Amendment plus, the President had meant was that he would give a better solution acceptable to all communities. It was misinterpreting the President’s assurance to propagate the falsehood that the government was ready to implement the 13th Amendment, which was forced on the then President JR Jayawardenene.

    THERE YOU HAVE IT …. Straight talk from the Defence Secretary, that India was made aware that the 13th Amendment would be modified to EXCLUDE Police Powers even during the Eelam War, and that the 13th Amendment Plus would not be the same as what was forced down Sri Lanka’s THROAT by India, but was one that would serve ALL of Sri Lanka’s citizens better.

    Agreements made UNDER DURESS are ILLEGAL under ANY LAW. They can be, should be, and will be ABROGATED as soon as the VICTIM OF CRIMINAL COMPULSION regains its free will. IN FACT, it is the DUTY of the VICTIM to DO SO!

    It is PREPOSTEROUS to claim that Sri Lanka is DUTY-BOUND in any way to retain the 13th Amendment forced down its throat by India to satisfy her need for regional hegemony and to placate Indian Racists pursuing a Greater Tamil Nadu agenda!

    Sri Lanka must be governed to serve Sri Lanka’s National Interest, not to serve India’s interests!

    RISE UP …. O Patriots of Mother Lanka …. RISE UP, in your TENS of MILLIONS, to REPEAL this Indian BALL & CHAIN shackling Mother Lanka’s limbs, NOW!
    ……………………..
    PCs won’t have police powers, Govt. has told India

    By Shamindra Ferdinando
    Island.lk
    June 19, 2013, 10:06 pm

    India had been informed of Sri Lanka’s decision not to devolve police powers to provinces at the height of the conflict, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said yesterday.

    The Defence Secretary said that both, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and he, had emphasised during deliberations with senior Indian officials that devolution of police powers would be inimical to the national interest as well as political stability. “We made our position clear during talks involving top level delegations from Sri Lanka and India”, he told The Island.

    The three-member delegation comprised Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, then Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa and the Defence Secretary. The troika functioned as an informal group on behalf of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to inform and interact with all those who matter, within and outside the country, in general and on events unfolding in Sri Lanka from time to time and visited New Delhi several times during the war.

    India was represented by National Security Advisor M. K. Narayanan, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and Defence Secretary Vijay Singh.

    The Defence Secretary was responding to Indian media reports of Indian Premier Manmohan Singh expressing concern over President Rajapaksa’s decision to amend the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

    The Defence Secretary said vesting provinces with police powers would be inimical to the interests of minorities. Recollecting a discussion they had in New Delhi, Rajapaksa said that when Narayanan queried from Singh what he thought of Rajapaksa’s opposition to police powers being devolved to provinces, the Indian Defence Secretary had agreed fully with him.

    When it was pointed out that President Rajapaksa had assured India as well as other countries that his government would offer 13th Amendment plus, the Defence Secretary said that what the President had meant was that he would give a better solution acceptable to all communities. It would be nothing but foolish to misinterpret the President’s assurance to propagate the falsehood that the government was ready to implement the 13th Amendment, which was forced on the then President JRJ.

    Responding to allegations that Sri Lanka had gone back on its promise to implement the 13th Amendment after the conclusion of the conflict, the Defence Secretary alleged that it was the government of India that voted for the US-led resolution against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) after having promised to throw its weight behind Sri Lanka. “India let us down in Geneva, very badly,” the Defence Secretary said.

    Commenting on the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to study the national issue and make recommendations, the Defence Secretary said that the tangible actions would have to be taken to ensure the 13th Amendment wouldn’t be the cause for further chaos. If implemented fully as it is it could create a volatile situation not only in the Northern Province but other regions as well, the Defence Secretary said.

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