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Last updated: 21 January, 2005 - Published 19:09 GMT
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Not enough aid to North East : TNA
TNA MP Nadaraja Raviraj
Government is discriminating against Tamils, says the TNA
Tamil National Alliance say that the worst hit areas in the North and East, including two districts controlled by the LTTE, are yet to receive a fair share of aid.

Jaffna District MP Nadaraja Raviraj told BBC Sandeshaya that the government is discriminating against the tsunami affected Tamils on aid distribution.

Although the tsunami victims have received enough food and medicines from the government, work on reallocating the homeless and reconstructions yet to start, he said.

Fare share

Questioned whether people in the South are also deprived of aid due to lack of proper organisation, MP Raviraj said the government has already started working on reconstruction in the Sinhala areas.

“Amapara was the worst affected district. President hasn’t done anything for the victims in Ampara.”

He said the government has completed work on all the bridges in the Galle Road.

Broken iron bridge in Oluwil, Ampara (Photo Wasantha Chandrapala)
Raviraj says President hasn’t done anything for the victims in Ampara

“And they have started work on the railway. No reconstruction work in the North East.”

The MP added that they were not opposing reconstruction work in the South but simply asking a fare share for the people in the North East, too.

Refugees' protests

Meanwhile, Muslim refugees at Saindamarudu camp in Ampara who had not received dry rations on Hajj eve blocked the roads in protest.

Protesters dispersed after the District Secretary who met the protesters promised to investigate the matter.

A similar protest in Trincomalee by refugees of Veeranagar was also settled after the Trincomalee Divisional Secretary Sashikala Jaladeepan intervened.

Protesters blocked the roads complaining of not receiving dry rations for two weeks and said that the Grama Sevaka (village official) had not visited the tsunami affected for a long time.

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