21 October, 2020

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“Manage The Council!” – NPC’s Opp Leader To Wiggie

Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council, C.V. Wigneswaran should focus on managing the Council efficiently, instead of causing enmity with the government and the UN, says S. Thavarajah. the NPC’s Opposition Leader.

S. Thavarajah

S. Thavarajah

Issuing a statement the Leader of Opposition says; “The Northern Provincial Council has completed two years in office. It has proved to be inefficient and inept except in passing resolutions on matters not relevant to Provincial functions. So far about 230 such resolutions have been passed.”

“It has failed to pass the necessary statutes. According to constitutional experts about 300 statutes have to be passed by a Provincial Council to make it fully functional on all the 37 subjects listed as Provincial subjects in the 13th amendment. So far the council has passed only four statutes, out which three are still awaiting Governor’s assent.” he further said.

We publish below the statement in full;

In response to a question raised by me in the Northern Provincial Council sitting on 08.10.2015 with regard to a letter sent by the Resident Coordinator of the UN to the Chief Minister, the Chief Minister read out a lengthy statement attacking the UN. His statement accuses the UN as trying to keep the Tamils submissive to the central Government.

The question I raised was whether the Resident Coordinator of the UN sent him a letter dated 28.08.2015 inter-alia stating as follows:

  1. You had recommended a person as an advisor to the Joined Needs Assessment (JNA), for which they have advised you that canvassing for a pre-selected candidate is untenable. They have also stated that you have pursued the central Government approval for the proposed special advisor.
  2. You had urged the UN office to advocate with the Government to enable equal partnership with NPC in the JNA, for which they have advised you to directly communicate with the Government.
  3. The UN has offered to arrange for you and your Board of Ministers a comprehensive briefing on the JNA; unfortunately you have not responded to their request.
  4. With regard to the Peace Building Fund the UN has advised you to convey all your concerns and comments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  5. The UN has pointed out their strong disagreement with your comment that the UN is not being sensitive to the needs of conflict affected people.

I also raised the issue that if the contents of the letter were true, why is that the Chief Minister has made such a blunder which led the UN Resident Coordinator to write a letter offending him.

CM’s reply to my question was akin to a Tamil proverb. “When a person was asked the direction to Vaddukoddai his reply was that two areca nuts for a cent”.

The focal point of the question was as to why he canvassed the UN to appoint one of his relatives as an advisor to the United Nations Joint Needs Assessment. (According to media reports the salary for that post was US $ 5,000.00 per mensum).

The said UN letter has reprimanded the Chief Minister for canvassing to appoint a particular person as an advisor and also for his ignorance that any request to the UN has to go through the Foreign Ministry.

In this regard the letter states as follows: “We regret that the appointment of the proposed Special Advisor was seen as an entitlement and discussions to partner with the UN have been held hostage to a positive outcome on this.”

It is unfortunate that the Chief Minister was unaware that official requests to a Foreign Country or to International agencies have to go through the Central Government. Unless the Constitution of Sri Lanka is amended or changed allowing the Provincial Councils to deal directly, this is the practice to be followed, which the Chief Minister as a former Judge of the Supreme Court should have been aware of.

During the first one year of the tenure of his office the Chief Minister was accusing the Governor and the Chief Secretary as causing hindrance for the smooth functioning of the Provincial Council. With the change of Government, this January, they both were transferred out. Then he started attacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe resulting in strained relationship with him. Now he is accusing the United Nations. There is a proverb in Tamil that “A dancer who could not dance accused that the stage was not flat”

The Northern Provincial Council has completed two years in office. It has proved to be inefficient and inept except in passing resolutions on matters not relevant to Provincial functions. So far about 230 such resolutions have been passed.

It has failed to pass the necessary statutes. According to constitutional experts about 300 statutes have to be passed by a Provincial Council to make it fully functional on all the 37 subjects listed as Provincial subjects in the 13th amendment. So far the council has passed only four statutes, out which three are still awaiting Governor’s assent.

Not only the opposition members but also the ruling party members were accusing the Provincial administration in public as sitting ducks. There are number of issues the Provincial Council has to attend. Unemployment, housing, providing means of livelihood to the families of war victims and widows are some of the issues the Provincial Council has to focus its attention.

Instead of causing enmity with the Government and with the International agencies the Chief Minister has to concentrate on efficiently managing the NPC.

S. Thavarajah  – Leader of Opposition, NPC

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    Wiggie is not a judge anymore, he is now merely a politician so expect nothing other than plain talk. If he does things at the provincial level, there would not be any recognition so he wants to poke the central government to get fame at the national and international level.

    After all the national question is a card played by all politicians for their own gain. Sad to mention, This was the past , present will be the future as well.

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    It has proved to be inefficient and inept except in passing resolutions on matters not relevant to Provincial functions. So far about 230 such resolutions have been passed.

    This is Tamil Nadu operates too.

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      [Edited out]
      Please write instead of posting links – CT

  • 17
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    Another EPDP Hoodlum in the Douglas Devananda team.

    The armed struggle has helped these guys to be somebodys.Everybody is now a Somebody.

  • 5
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    Look who is advising CW….he he..he

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    Thanks for this statement which depicts how the NPC and the CM are functioning. It is a shame. The CM is lost and has no clue as to what he can do with what he has. Whatever Ihe is doing is diversionary to distract the people from his abject failure. His advocacy of his nephew – Nirmalan Karthikesan- is nauseating !

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr Narendran,
      Before passing a judgement on The Learned CM at the insistence of a fraud such as Thavarasa it will concentrate your mind if you can read and comprehend the wholesome and measured reply from Wigs delivered publicly.

  • 2
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    Vigi uncle is also too old to fight on politicle arena, like Bil Nana, G L pihirisk, Senior Jarapassa.
    Just commenting to public “Yanne koheda Malle pol”.
    Now this is the time for him to play with grand children and relax at home.

  • 7
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    kokuvil temple road thamby THAVARAJAH O/L drop out is advising chief minister.before doing this can you please advise as to what happened to the 90KG gold gone missing from Jaffna courts custody when you were one of the accused in then bank robbery case

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      Gr.8 pass out O/L dropout EPDP Thavarasa advising the CM and former supreme court Judge of Local and International Politics.

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        Joseph,

        “Gr.8 pass out O/L dropout EPDP Thavarasa advising the CM and former supreme court Judge of Local and International Politics.”

        While I do not know the educational background of Thavarasa I can see that his statement is nicely written. I suspect that the EPDP will in the future publish more statements that Thavarasa or somebody else signs but are written by a more competent person. They were doing this earlier then stopped for some months and now after licking their wounds they are back in action.

        What Thavarasa, Wigneswaran and almost all the other politicians say and write should not be taken as true facts.

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    Well said, Thava!

    The NPC is a disappointment!.

    The cause is the Chief Minister and his equally ineffective colleagues! .

    So much is expected from him!.

    he is diverting from the real issues! His inefficiency is apparent!

    Necessary human resources is available.

    Many are willing to contribute free-at no cost in jaffna, both within the Provincial Public Service as well as retired officers still in the Northern Province.

    There are others from Jaffgna and in other parts of the country as well as abroad!

    But the NPC is not willing to be innovative, imaginative and realistic.

    NPC is impotent. They are masters in blaming all others for their inefficiency.Not ready to take responsibility!

    What we need is not excuses, but performance!

    We can do wonders with the available little space.
    \
    The wise always use every opportunity. Opportunity will not always come,

    But if we continue to miss the opportunities, not even God can help us.

    it is not the International Community, India or the so called Sinhala government who could help us, it is only we – the Tamils!

    if we are with a negative mindset,why blame others!

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    “It has failed to pass the necessary statutes. According to constitutional experts about 300 statutes have to be passed by a Provincial Council to make it fully functional on all the 37 subjects listed as Provincial subjects in the 13th amendment. So far the council has passed only four statutes, out which three are still awaiting Governor’s assent.”

    Thank you for this information.

    Does anybody know what the four statutes passed according to this article are for?

  • 4
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    Thavarajah is trying to whitewash his own sins. His association with the Goonda Douglas Devananda has made him culpable of associating, supporting and possibly participating in the paramilitary activities of alleged murders, white van abductions, rapes, illegal trading etc., etc.

    Thavarajah must disclose: who paid for his living expenses, cost of living in the UK and the investment business in Birmingham for the 25 years.

    We know Wikki is proving to be a downright failure, good for his nonsensical political alignment.

    Thavarajah’s comment about Wikki is synonym to ‘Kettle calling the pot black’.

    First reveal the secrets of the paramilitary EPDP before trying to dig the noses of the others.

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      DM,

      “First reveal the secrets of the paramilitary EPDP before trying to dig the noses of the others.”

      Why not probe the past and the present of all the paramilitary and other Tamil groups instead of choosing just one or two groups? We should be objective.

      Rule of Law and Good Governance for Tamils in the North and East also!

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        The Rogue Ayer

        You are such a rogue that you cannot think wisely.

        I am responding to a paramilitary man’s comments. If you think it fits the other parasites let it be so.

        Don’t try to be a turncoat.

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          DM,

          “If you think it fits the other parasites let it be so.”

          It fits. Thank you.

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