JO alleges bid to compensate families of LTTE cadres ahead of prez poll, an election bribe

Mangala says entire country covered by scheme

By Shamindra Ferdinando

Joint Opposition MP Sisira Jayakody yesterday alleged that the Finance Ministry was planning to grant Rs 6,000 each to the families of those missing during the conflict and after the successful conclusion of the conflict in May 2009, in the run up to the coming presidential election.

Gampaha District MP and attorney-at-law Jayakody claimed that the government surreptitiously accommodated the families of those who fought for the LTTE.

Addressing the media at the Opposition Leader’s Office, lawmaker Jayakody said that the controversial project was being implemented in support of the UNP presidential campaign.

The lawmaker emphasized that the JO/Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna opposed compensation being paid to those who waged war against the State.

The MP alleged that some of those categorized as missing here were living comfortably overseas under assumed identities.

According to him, a substantial number of families had been chosen to receive the compensation.

The attorney-at-law alleged that though they recognized the need to compensate genuine victims of the conflict, families of terrorists shouldn’t be paid under any circumstances.

The MP pointed out that moves were underway to compensate those who waged war against the State whereas servicemen wounded in battle were deprived of their rights and privileges.

Lawmaker Jayakody warned those officials responsible for the scheme they might have to face the consequences.

The JO spokesman alleged that a special payment was to be made in respect of missing cases reported from the Northern and Eastern regions. However, Finance Minister Mangala Samarawweea told an event held in Jaffna along with Enterprise Sri Lanka that families of all missing persons would be paid Rs 6,000 each. Minister Samaraweera insisted that the payment would be made to the affected families of security forces and police personnel and others missing in the South.

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