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No proper resettlement only a showpiece: Hakeem :

 

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) charged yesterday that 70 Muslim families who were resettled by a Muslim Minister in Verugal in the East has been chased away by the Divisional Secretary of the area while 450 Muslim persons in Musali in the North had not been allowed to get on with their livelihood.

No proper resettlement only a showpiece: Hakeem :


The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) charged yesterday that 70 Muslim families who were resettled by a Muslim Minister in Verugal in the East has been chased away by the Divisional Secretary of the area while 450 Muslim persons in Musali in the North had not been allowed to get on with their livelihood.

 

The SLMC leader who disclosed these details at a news conference yesterday said that the government was engaged in a showpiece than launching an organized resettlement programme.

 

“The Government is carrying out showpieces just to show the world that it is resettling the displaced people but the essential thing should be  a proper programme of resettlement,” he pointed out.

 

He explained a Muslim Minister had taken 450 heads of families in Musali on a familiarization tour to the North just days after he (Mr. Hakeem) had stressed the need for resettling the IDPs in Parliament recently. Mr. Hakeem charged that this minister had dumped them in Musali with dry rations sufficient for a month.

 

However, Mr. Hakeem said the freedom of movement of these people had been curtailed and they were unable to carry on with their livelihood. He said many of them had been engaged in fishing and others in farming but none of them were able to restart their livelihood to date.

 

Mr. Hakeem said these persons were screened for security reasons and even one month old babies were given special identity cards. He charged that only Muslim IDPs were treated in this manner while the Tamils who had been displaced were not subjected to the same kind of treatment.

 

He said with regard to the 70 families in Verugal they had become helpless and without a place to reside after they were driven out by the Divisional Secretary. He also charged that some Navy camps have been set up in the lands where some Muslim IDPs were living.

 

Mr. Hakeem said the party would welcome President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent statement that the resettlement process would be expedited soon and also the Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa’s call for the relevant responsible persons to expedite the de‐mining programme.But he pointed out that these should be put into practice effectively without any delay.

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