1 December, 2021

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Wiggie Wants Northern Governor’s Wings Clipped

Chief Minister of Northern Province C. V. Wigneswaran has urged the government to reduce the powers granted to the Governor and instead strengthen the power of the Provincial Council.

Wigneswaran

Wigneswaran

“There are various administrative units in the province, I request the Prime Minister to abolish some of these units and instead vest the power entirely with the Provincial Council, as it is this unit that comprises of representatives of the public,” he said while addressing an event at the Jaffna District Secretariat on Saturday which was held under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The Chief Minister pointed out that at the moment the Northern Province is governed by three units; the Governor, the District Secretariat and the Provincial Council. “The first two are representatives of the President and they work in accordance to the Central Government, therefore there will always be contradictions and issues,” Wigneswaran said.

He called on the Government to strengthen the role of the Provincial Council by giving the Provincial Council to oversee all matters in relation to the province with a limited role given to both the Governor and the District Secretariat. “The Governor must not get involved in the administrative process. In India the Governor plays a very limited role, this should apply here. Both the role of the Governor and the District Secretariat must be limited and the powers vested to the Provincial Council should instead be strengthened,” Wigneswaran added.

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    I agree with Wigneswaran that each province council (Elected body by People) should be allowed to have their own administration independently and the central government representative should act as coordinator between both province and centre. This will save a lot of money and reduce buracracies surrounding the administrative confusions.

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    There is NPC, The Governor, The Head of The Northern Province Army, The Head of The Northern Province Navy, The Head of The Northern Province Air Force, The President of/and the SLFP Northern Branch, The President of/and the UNP Northern Branch, The Head of the various Christian Sect, The Buddhist Monks, The elected MPs of TNA, EPRLF, EPDP, defunct LTTE,

    To govern a population of less than a million!!

    No where in the world

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      There is NPC, The Governor, The Head of The Northern Province Army, The Head of The Northern Province Navy, The Head of The Northern Province Air Force, The President of/and the SLFP Northern Branch, The President of/and the UNP Northern Branch, The Head of the various Christian Sect, The Buddhist Monks, The elected MPs of TNA, EPRLF, EPDP, defunct LTTE, To govern a population of less than a million!! No where in the world -Rajash

      No where in the world, they establish another provincial govt when the central govt just just 150 miles away.

      what is most suitable is some municiplaites.

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        jim softy !No where in the world, they establish another provincial govt when the central govt just just 150 miles away.!

        central govt is physically only 150 miles away

        but they are million miles away when it comes to meet the political and cultural aspirations.

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          but they are million miles away when it comes to meet the political and cultural aspirations.

          Tamil political and cultural and all other aspiration will meet only when Tamils move to Tamilnadu.

          the best way is to Make Sinhala the only natiopnallanguage, cancel the provincial councils and the 13th amendment.

          cut down the no of politicians and various offices.

          Simplify everything.

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            jim softy

            Tamil Nadu is for the Tamils of India whereas Eela Nadu or Tamil Eelam is for the Tamils of Sri Lanka. There were NO Sinhalese in Eela Nadu in 1948. Only after 1948, DS Senanayake colonized them.

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        jim softy dimwit

        “what is most suitable is some municiplaites.”

        Unlike Colombo. North does not need drainage system, everything is dumped in a pit at the back garden.

        Why do they need municipalities? Are you looking for a job? Go wait in the queue and ask CV Wiggy, he might consider offering you a job out of pity.

        Or Sivajilingam may need a sidekick.

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        Western Provincial Council is zero miles from the Centre

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      Rajash

      Good point, in Sri Lanka, this small island with a population of approximately 20 Million has 9 provincial councils in addition to the central government with well represented parliament and local governments.

      Count the number of MPs to represent this 20 million and compare it with other countries.

      No where in the world, public funds are wasted on MPs who really don’t represent people or may be they don’t know they are elected to represent people.

      Isn’t it good to agitate to reduce the number of provincial councils, local bodies and reduce the number of parliament MPs.

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        sr I concur with you. When you extrapolate the NPC situation to Sri Lanka as a country there is colossal inefficiency in how the country is administered.

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        sr

        “Count the number of MPs to represent this 20 million and compare it with other countries.”

        Please do count the number of ministers, overmanned and under-achieving state institution, state-owned corporations and banks, unproductive armed forces including generals, brigadiers, colonels, ….. railway …. ..

        There is a need for a complete restructuring of the state and its institutions.

        I never stopped agitating.

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          spot on Native

  • 0
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    Yeah…

    What the **** is he doing when Batalanada is drafting the Federal Thing, which is going to be presented to the inhabitants as early as the next Sinhala Tamil New Year.

    Or is it just the T new year in the North..

    That is what the Yahapalana Prez, Bodhi Sira told our Dalits in the South.

    Just drop a line to Yahapalana PM and tell him to bring the b…..to Colombo…

    Or send a FB message which will be a lot quicker…

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    The country virtually split into two in the late 1980s because JRJ’s regime was trying to fool the Tamils with the Provincial Council fraud, that gave powers to all PCs, except the then merged NEP. We now have the situation where the Tamil people in the North overwhelmingly voted for Viggie’s team but the Rajapakses saw to it that actual power remained with the army man acting as Governor. The NP was run as occupied land despite the people’s clear mandate.

    Now we have the situation where there is a personal grouse between the PM Ranil and the NPC/CM Vigneswaren. To spite Viggie and bring him down almost everything is done to undermine him. The tussle is now between the powerful Governor and the District Secretariat – under the direction of Colombo that controls all resources and CM/NPC on the other side. No wonder the Tamil people continue to fear for their present and future.

    Kettikaran

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    This effectively reduces the influence of the president on PC decisions. The question is, where is the guarantee that provinces do not make decisions that are non-compliant with national interests?
    Why is this not an issue for eight other PC? Are they supporting this? What are their views?

    This can’t go on. NPC actions have nothing but separatist flavor, left, right and center, which would be impossible to “reconcile” with the rest of the country.

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      Nuwan

      “The question is, where is the guarantee that provinces do not make decisions that are non-compliant with national interests? “

      So you mean to say having these power at the center will cater to national interests. Did Murder of Thajudeen, Lasantha Wickrematunge, and many more criminal acts carried out by the orders from the top were compliant with national interests?

      It depends on the person and that is why we should have checks and balances. The presidential powers went without checks and balances and that is why abuse of power and rule of tyranny was experienced during Rajapakse regime.

      Ultimately it is the people rule’s so Chief Minister is correct certainly with checks. If not there is no real purpose to have a Provincial council system and waste and risk pilferage a large amount of money. Actually provincial council system really should have been limited areas where minorities predominate to give them some semblance of autonomy. Provincial Council elsewhere only duplicates work, put the two sides of Government at logger heads, and gives a chance pilfer money.

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      This effectively reduces the influence of the president on PC decisions. The question is, where is the guarantee that provinces do not make decisions that are non-compliant with national interests?

      Provincial councils can not function properly when the Executive president is there.

      Because of that, Executive presidency also should be ended.

      A better idea is Just like Private schools in Jaffna managed by american Church and the South Indian Catholics, Make the NPC a branch of Tamilnadu govt.

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      “The question is, where is the guarantee that provinces do not make decisions that are non-compliant with national interests? Why is this not an issue for eight other PC? Are they supporting this? What are their views?”

      My question to you is What are the national interests you want guarantee from Northern Province?
      For me the National interests are:
      1.National security: The Central government has control & power over the national security and President is the head of Security services. The security forces are responsible for protecting the boarders. The Central government has the power over passport services. Provincial council nothing to do with National security.
      Terrorism: Dealing with Terrorism should be a function of the Central government. The representative of the President or Chief Minister can have the power to get the assistance of security forces if they believe there is a threat of Terrorism.There should be clear cut definition of what is considered as terrorism.
      Seperatism: I don’t know what sort of guarantee need from the Northern province regarding separatism.

      Question 2: Northern Province is different from all the provinces inmany ways. Northern Province is the only province where Tamils are majority. Northern province is the only province where there are unproportinate number of Security forces (Sinhala onlY) occupy. Northern Province is the only province where large number of private lands of people are occupied by the Sinhala forces.Northern Province is the only province where people are made disappeard, lost their lives and destroyed the properties unlawfully by security forces. There needs are different and their culture is different, enviorment is different.
      Oppression is not reconciliation. Seperation is one form democratic political means to protect people from oppression. This is an accepted political right internationally. There are so many new countries created over the period of times. It is up to the Sinhalese to decide the fate of separatism in Srilanka.

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    It makes sense to request the Governor’s powers to be reduced. This is a task for the proposed new constitution. In the meanwhile, the Governor should not exercise his full powers. I don’t know whether the present Governor is more interfering compared to the previous one. If that is the case the CM could report to the President. I know that the Governor actively organized an Investment Forum in August. It could have been better coordinated with the Chief Minister. However it was a good thing. In the North as well as in other provinces, the development should take priority.

    But according to the present report, the CM has requested the PM to abolish some of the administrative units in one place, and reduce powers of these units in another place. It is true that under devolution of power (or even under federalism) there are two types of administration in a province, central and provincial. What is necessary therefore is for these administrations to cooperate, instead of competing or conflicting. It appears that Wigenswaran is eying for mere power.

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      Dr.Laksiri Fernando has been a voice of reason, friendship between communities and appears to be free of ethnic prejudice.
      In view of non-stop confusion so far, why not the Centre consider giving the CM/NPC a free-run until the end of his current term. The trial period to be as free as possible from Army and absolute Central Govt control – but certainly always under Colombo’s watch. The NPC’s work should not be derailed by denying it of resources.

      Backlash

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      It is true that under devolution of power (or even under federalism) there are two types of administration in a province, central and provincial. What is necessary therefore is for these administrations to cooperate, instead of competing or conflicting. It appears that Wigenswaran is eying for mere power.

      Why did not you think about Municiapl councils. why do you need logical arguments to see that Tribal cheap minister wants more power.

      It is like Gods in Sri lanka or India. too many gods to looks after not that many humans. Here three levels of govts to looks after the same group of people.

      What about only municipalities and the central govt just 150 miles away to govern the people.

      Here, there is lot of duplication of services. They can manage that thaks to tourist dollars and foreign – remittance from overseas – workers. right now politicians are visionaries. The day Dalits start paying taxes, either they will bite the Cynanide capsule or wiggie will bite cynaide capsule.

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    that can be considered and we can make him more important,but here’s the catch,he has to shave the beard and remove that red pottu,which only tamil women put on their forehead.We tamils want a modern 21st century looking CM.

    If he looks really mod and gets rid of that verti we can even kick out the governor completely or make him just a figurehead.c’mon wiggie we want you to look like ranil when he went to japan.sinhalese having ranil and we having you.

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      The people in the North elected the Chief for the NPC. He needs to have the authority/power to decide what is good for his province. He or She can wear whatever they want as long as they are doing the RIGHT things for the benefit of the people in NPC.

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        we also want someone as smartly dressed as ranil.we are not second class citizens.if we dress like second class citizens then sinhalese will think we are.Too late to change sampanthan now.see sumanthiran,how smart,he is.

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    Our Vigneswaran is always right and he is the only person works for the people-sighalese & Tamils called srilankans. Sombanthan and co are opportunists and politicians and there is no difference to MR or Hakim and they always work for them only not for people. Singhalese have to understand this logic and should never trust politicians 100% and always look at them with a certain percentage of suspect. Hope srilankans (Tamils and Singhalese ) will grow-up and think for the best to the country, planet and our future generation. We are living in the land of world on approximately 100 years lease and we should understand no one own this land outright. Singhalese are winning everything for a long time and now they will loose hereafter – that is nature.

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    This is a well articulated speech by the Chief Minister.

    He is not asking for the moon or confederation or even federal system.

    What he is requesting is a reasonable – 13 A+.

    This is a very reasonable request and all discussions towards constitutional reforms as a resolution of Tamil Problem could take place around this concessionary approach of the Chief Minister.

    But the Chief Minister should not make unfair outside the existing arrangement merely because the Provincial Council is an elected body.

    He should understand that the President, Parliament. Provincial Councils and the Local Bodies are all elected bodies and their powers and functions are defined in terms of the constitution.

    No one has any absolute powers even in any particular area.

    The President appoints the Governor and the Government Agent(District Secretary in terms of powers vested in him in terms of the constitution and hence no one could challenge the appointment of the Governor or the Government Agent.

    The Government Agent along with Line Ministries exercise powers on behalf of the government in respect of matters in the Reserved List, the Provincial and Concurrent Lists wherever the Provincial Councils had not passed statutes exercise powers in terms of the constitution.

    The Provincial Councils could not exercise powers even in the Provincial List and the Concurrent List if they had not passed any statutes.

    There is a small exception in terms of the Consequential Provisions Act No 12 of 1989 where the Provincial Councils and the Center could exercise duel powers in respect of subjects in the Provincial List in the absence of any statutes.

    It must be of interest to political analysts that only “Wayamba’ had passed a statute –Environment Act way back in 1990 in respect of a subject in the Concurrent List.

    None of the Provincial Councils including “Wayamba” had passed any other statutes in respect of any subject in the Concurrent list other than this unique exception.

    Even Now it is not too late for the Northern Provincial Council to pass statutes in respect of the subjects in the Provincial List instead of passing resolution after resolution outside their purview.

    Most commentators even from the majority community are in favor of abolishing concurrent List and transferring most of them to the Provincial Council List.

    The Mangala Munasinghe commission report is one example.

    Dr Dayan Jayathilake and many other die-hard opponents of federal arrangements even in the join opposition may be in favor of abolition of the Concurrent List and reducing the powers of the Governor.

    The Chief Minister Mr CV Wigneswaran’s request could be the starting point for a healthy discussion for a consensus arrangement for devolving powers to the peripheral units as a way of resolving ethnic issues once and for all.

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    Wiggie

    Yes, I agree Governors powers must be cliped.

    But unfortunately, the Chief Minister does not know how to govern and has not exercised his responsibilities according to his terms since he was elected.

    You have only passed 3 of the 105 statutes needed to govern the NPC. When you are unable to govern yourselves within your means what makes you ask for more?

    Before the history condemn you over your failures, at least pass all the statues and train your inexperienced and rogue ministers to govern properly.

    I am for one will criticism you outright until you change.

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      Yes, it would be useful if the CM or one of his assistants produces a list of things the NPC was prevented from doing because of the Governor or central government interference.

      There have been far too many allegations that the CM is wasting time on matters that he ought to be attending to as the head of the executive of the province.

      The CM should nail this down by citing the actual instances and ways in which he and his council have been thwarted in their programs and projects by the centre and its agents.

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    Srilanka is a democratic country which means the elected representatives must have the power to run the province on a day to day business. The appointed governor is only a figure head representing the president. Hence one would expect the CM and the provincial council members have power to look after the day to day running, they are elected hence answerable to the people of the province. Only in a dictatorial countries the appointed governors have more power as we saw in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. But this is srilanka.

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    Srilanka is a democratic country which means the elected representatives must have the power to run the province on a day to day business. The appointed governor is only a figure head representing the president. Hence one would expect the CM and the provincial council members have power to look after the day to day running, they are elected hence answerable to the people of the province. Only in a dictatorial countries the appointed governors have more power as we saw in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. But this is srilanka, where anything is possible.

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    The pressing issues of the day have been disclosed by Jaffna Society today by
    Commission for Justice & Peace of the Catholic Diocese of Jaffna,and requires urgent settlement.

    “Lands of the people not returned
    Though some lands belonging to the people are released for the people for resettlement, still bulk of the lands are not released. The coastal area around Myliddy and some of the fertile red soil lands of the people have not been released. Myliddy fishing-harbour and the surrounding coastal belt used to be the area where 40% of the total fish in Sri Lanka used to be caught in those days. In a press release which appeared in the dailies on 13.9.2016, Mr. Mahes Senanayake the Comm. North asserted that not even an inch of the 4419 acres of land occupied by the army in the Valikammam North will he released. This statement and similar statements by the military spokesmen give an impression that there is a military rule parallel to the civilian rule. In other areas in the North in Kilinochchi and Mullaithievu districts also more than 15,000-20,000 acres of lands of the civilians are occupied by the Security Forces and still there are attempts to survey new lands to be taken over. The promises to release lands at Paravipanchan and Keppapulavu have not been respected.

    When the people of these lands especially in the Jaffna Peninsula who had been living there for several generations were given only 24 hours to leave, we find it strange to understand that the Security Forces are taking years to leave these areas and they still ask for time.

    Political prisoners not released
    Still there are about 125 political prisoners in different jails mostly in the South. Many of them are being kept there for 15 to 20 years. Some are sentenced. Cases of good number of them have not been taken over. The confessions taken from them are under duress. These unfortunate prisoners stage protests and go on hunger-strike from time to time. Every time some politicians intervene and promises are given to expedite their cases and even time limits are given and then everything remain on hold and they are forgotten.

    In earlier occasions when there were insurrections by the JVP in the South, hundreds of them were detained and later on under general amnesty, were released.

    Four years have passed since the killing of two political prisoners Mr. Nimalaruban from Vavuniya and Mr. Dilruckshan from Passayoor, Jaffna. These two and a number of political prisoners in Vanuniya jail were protesting against their transfer to the jails in the South due to safety reasons. They were beaten up by the security guards and other prisoners at Anuradhapura and later in Colombo where they succumbed to their injuries. Up to now no compensation has been given to them and no death certificates were also issued. Their families which depended on them live in abject poverty.

    Lack of accountability for missing persons
    There are 4 categories here.

    Those who surrendered during the final stages of the war and since then disappeared. These people were either LTTEers or those who had close links with them. There are eyewitness-accounts to show that these people were put in special buses and taken to some undisclosed destination by the Security Forces.
    Those who were arrested by the Security Forces from their homes and detention centres with the promise that they will be released after questioning.
    Those who were handed over to the Security Forces for questioning and since then never returned.
    White van abductions — The people still live in fear of these white van abductions which are still taking place. White van abductions of rehabilitated former LTTEers and arrests of family members of the former LTTEers for questioning in Colombo are still taking place. Hence the rehabilitated former LTTEers and their family members live in fear. Eg. Mr Gangatharan an LTTE Colonel was killed in the final stages of the war. His wife is living in Kilinochchi with her two children. She used to he questioned earlier with regard to getting funds from abroad etc. Now she has been asked to come to Colombo on 15.9.2016 for investigation by the TID. She says that due to this continuous harassment she and her children may be forced to commit suicide as the last resort.

    About 15,000 people are unaccounted for so far. Many of these cases were reported in the `Paranagama Commission’ of inquiry. In some cases those who gave evidence were able to identify the Security Officers who arrested their family members. Two Catholic Priests belonging to the Diocese of Jaffna are also among disappeared viz. Fr. Jim Brown (40 yrs.) disappeared in 2006. He was last sighted in front of a Security check-post at Pannai causeway in Jaffna; the next one is Fr. Francis Joseph (77yrs) who was seen by many people on Mayl7th 2009 when he was taken in a bus by the Security Forces.

    Office of Missing Persons (OMP)
    The government’s plan to set up an office for missing persons (OMP) has been welcomed by many. Though it is a positive development we have serious apprehensions as to whether it will deliver the goods to the affected people and the near and dear ones of the missing persons. It is said that it will not be anything beyond being a fact finding mechanism and it has no other power. Repeated promises have been made by the President and the responsible Ministers that none of the Security Forces will be affected in any way by this OMP.

    We understand that this office will be in Colombo and many leading and influential people are also insisting that it should be in Colombo. The reality is that most of the missing people are from the North and East. We are aware of the difficulties of the family members of the political prisoners who go to the South to meet their loved ones in the prisons. Hence we feel that this office be set up somewhere in the North and a branch with all the facilities to receive the complaints, in the East.

    PTA still in force Even 6 years after the end of the war, the draconian PTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act) is still in force and still people are arrested and detained indefinitely under this law. Though there are repeated promises by the government that they will repeal it or at least replace it with another law, nothing has happened so far. Many countries and Human Rights’ groups, both local and international have been asking the government to repeal PTA as a forerunner for peace and reconciliation.

    No right to remember the dead
    For five years after the war the people in the North were strictly forbidden to remember the dead or to have any prayer service for those who died in the war. Last year and this year, the people were able to have some services in some common places but due to the heavy presence of intelligence men, the people were afraid to participate in these services.

    No adequate arrangement to look after the victims of war
    In the 104 schools in the Kilinochchi district alone there are 585 children who do not have both parents. The number of children who do not have either father or mother is still higher. In the same district there are 444 children with special needs. There are also about 900-1000 children with shell-pieces and shrapnel pieces in their body. They need medical treatment. Only a small percentage of these people are taken care of not only in Kilinochchi district but in all the other districts in the North and East.

    Poisonous injections issues causing concern
    One of the latest issues is about the 12,000 former LTTEers who went through rehabilitation programme and released to rejoin their families. Of these, so far 107 have died prematurely due to some reason or other. Many of these youngsters complain of aches and pains, and inability to do any hard work as before. Hence suspicions arose as to whether some unauthorised medicine or injections were given to them. It is true that no judgment can be arrived at without a thorough investigation and medical examination by experts. The Northern Provincial Council which has taken up the issue seriously and these former LTTEers have been asked to go to different hospitals in the North to subject themselves to series of medical tests. Few days back when a group of these rehabilitated LTTEers went to the Kilinochchi hospital for such examination, they found that a heavy presence of intelligence men around and most of these unfortunate men left the place immediately. It is felt that the remains of any poisonous body can be identified only by high quality expertise which may not be available locally. That is why the Tamil Lawyers Association has asked that international expertise be sought. A definite answer has to be found without losing much time because these young men and women are now finding it difficult to find partners for marriage. The parents who were willing to give their children in marriage to these former LTTEers are now hesitating to do so.

    Failure of local investigation
    We urge an investigation into alleged war-crimes such as usage of unauthorised weapons, bombing civilian targets, mass-killings etc., with the participation of international judges. So far all the local investigations with regard to some of the important and widely publicised killings by the Security Forces have failed. Eg. Killing of five youngsters in Trincomalee in 2006, killing of 15 ‘Action Fame’ aid workers at Muthur, murder of about 27 civilians at Kumarapuram 20 years ago even after identifying the culprits.

    Erecting of the statues of Buddha in sensitive areas
    We find the erection of Buddha statues and stupas disturbing, especially in areas where there are no Buddhists. These are done with the help and support of the Security Forces and some of these are in or by the close to the Hindu temples. The erection of a huge Buddha statue (67′) at Nagadeepa (Nainathievu) almost at the landing place in the island where there a famous historical Hindu temple; the statue and a stupa of Buddha at Kokkilai in a private land; erection of a Buddha statue at the site of a Hindu temple in the Iranaimadu tank region etc. are all disturbing the religions sentiments of the majority of the people.
    Words and promises need to be substantiated with adequate actions to build up peace and reconciliation and to find a solution to the long-standing problems of the people in the North and the East.”

    Rev. Fr. S.V.B. Mangalarajah,President
    Commission for Justice & Peace of the Catholic Diocese of Jaffna
    14.09.2016

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      A fifth category, most of the 15,000 unaccounted for, lie buried in the former war zones – ‘no-fire zones’ and others, in the shell and bomb craters.
      The army took many years to permit any visitors to the zones during which, all traces of the slaughter – bodies, unserviceable vehicles, weapons – were got rid of.

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    CM Wigneswaran has put forward very valid arguments why the Governor’s powers should be reduced.

    The main blocker that prevents the smooth functioning of the provincial council system is that the Governor’s carry out their duties on direct or indirect instructions of the President. Governor’s owe their positions to the President and obviously they have to please the President. The Northern and Eastern Governors are in fact running parallel administrations in conflict with the wishes of the two elected provincial councils.

    This has been happening mainly in the case of the Northern and Eastern provinces. Now both the Northern Province and Eastern Province CMs have brought out publicly the intrusions made by the Governors of the two provinces. This happened during the time of the past regime to a great extent. Unfortunately it continues to happen even now.

    Wigneswarn is right when he asks that these governors in Sri Lanka should be made to function as just figure heads as is the case in the Indian States.

    The purse strings of the provincial councils are in the hands of the governors. Governor has to give approval for the allocation of funds. This is a very unsatisfactory arrangement.

    In fact, JR when he allowed the formation of provincial councils, very deceitfully took away even the few powers given to the elected councils by bestowing all kinds of over-riding powers to the governor.

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      Naga

      “these governors in Sri Lanka should be made to function as just figure head”

      Nice idea, and pay the figure head a big salary, a million Rupees a month for doing nothing.

      It will be even a big favour if the Government could help a beggar on the street to take that post so he could enjoy some luxury after having rusticated for a long time without a proper meal.

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    simple solution is check what the powers of the tamilnadu governor has.Compare it with our governor.Wiggie should tell us what powers the governor here has which tamilnadu governor hasn’t got.After all provincial councils are india’s baby.ask india why our governor has got more powers than the tamilnadu governor.Then india might accept the fact that there is a anomaly or it might say both are having the same,i don’t know,i’am not a constitutional expert.

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    Asian way of working is very bad. In developed countries even a director will respect even a peon and ask could you help or could you have time to move this table etc. They called that team work and they prosper. Even if someone is so clever, companies will not appoint them if they are not good team players. If the governor is not a team player, sack him- after all he is not elected by North people, there is no shortage of good people in Srilanka.

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      Asian way of working is very bad. In developed countries even a director will respect even a peon and ask could you help or could you have time to move this table etc. They called that team work and they prosper.

      Tamils also did team work and took Cyanide capsules and blew them up.

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        jim softy the Dimwit

        “In developed countries even a director will respect even a peon”

        Or I see, do they still have peons in their firms. It’s too bad. Sorry did you say they have peons in developed countries?

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    I agree with Wigneswaran that each province council (Elected body by People) should be allowed to have their own administration independently and the central government representative should act as coordinator between both province and centre – Ajith
    THEY MUST BE PERMITTED TO WAGE WAR WITH ONE ANOTHER………
    Wiggie is not used to team Work as he had his Court Arachchi at his beck & call.
    Wonder whether Wiggie has symptoms of Constipation as no work has been done in the North.

    Wiggie has turned the screws on the TNA in France. Mavai Senathiraja has been tear gassed by the French Police here Yesterday.
    Governors International criminals oppose TNA and cause havoc in France disturbing the Peace.

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    The northern province is an “occupied territory” – by the army which has extensive business concerns.
    Nothing will happen, without the consent of the army, which may happen when a future regime, more concerned with civilians’ welfare more than that of the army, is elected/functions.

    Wait for more unpleasant surprises in the new constitution.

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    The government knows it very well what they are doing is wrong and they are still doing it. It is a deliberate intent to hurt the Tamil people more and more in the North.It is also to curtail the powers of the Provincial Council and the centre to have control.
    What point does it make to address such issues with the government. They are laughing at you along with the TNA members. The people of North should make the government ungovernable in the North. That is the only remedy and not to play second fiddle.

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    I agree with Wigneswaran that each province council (Elected body by People) should be allowed to have their own administration independently and the central government representative should act as coordinator between both province and centre – Ajith

    Sri lankan govt should withdraw the military camps frm each province and should provide their own military regiment and trucks of weapons too.

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    Old Wiggy is up to some mischief here?Why don’t you argue on these lines for ALL Provincial Councils and NOT just one?Now we can imagine the fundamental basis in your Supreme Court Judgements or Misjudements.Wiggy the stripes in your tail are there.They are only of a different colour.Havent our Tamils suffered enough?Give it up Anna or please go home.Where the hell were you when our people went through the worst of times?

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    To all participants,
    It always come to light a Sri Lankan forum turns out racial and it looks nasty. This hate comments are still the favorite for mast Sri Lankans. Like other Countries it is surprising Sri Lanka has no control over racial hatred! Why? If this is allowed to flourish in Sri Lanka not only it is detrimental for the Country, but also gives the world some proof to make war crimes a reality soon. Instead of making the Country steady to go forward from now on, Sri Lanka Administrators are allowing the same old tyranny to continue. Why don’t Sri Lankans like their own Country?

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    There is a sense in the proposal of the Chief Minister of Northern Province to reduce the Governor’s powers in the Provincial Administration. This is a task for the makers of the proposed new constitution.
    But the proposed change should apply to all provinces since the moment the proposal goes outside the existing arrangement it will run into enormous complications.
    The proposed constitutional reforms undertaken by the constitutional experts and pundits will not anyway produce any innovative result which would be in the best interest of the people. The mindset of the hired constitutional makers would be focus on to accommodate the office of the President, Prime Minster, Parliament, Cabinet of Ministers, Provincial Councils and local bodies invariably with all display of fun and pageantry of existing ‘mini-parliaments, mace- carriers, provincial ministers etc.’ adding more cost to the tax payers to finance their maintenance and will not come up with a cost effective as against a simple administrative model for the devolution of administration to periphery best suited to a small country like ours.
    The local administration system has been badly hampered by various ad hoc adjustments to the previous system of village councils, town councils, urban councils and municipal councils made in the whims of politician authority the end result of which being the creation of a new cult of local leaders causing an enormous burden to the people enjoying innumerable benefits shifting servicing people for mediocre importance. In any event the proposed constitutional reforms will not relieve the general public from the above morose.
    Having said the above, we should note that the President, Parliament. Provincial Councils and the Local Bodies are all elected bodies and their powers and functions are defined in the constitution. The President appoints the Governor and the Government Agent (District Secretary) under the constitution in terms of powers vested in him. The Governor is only a figure Head representing the President at the Province. With the proposed curtailment of Presidential powers as announced at the Presidential and general elections the appointment of Governors to Provinces to represent him at Provincial levels would be redundant and a waste of public funds. Even under the existing situation the appointment of Governors to Provinces is a mockery in consideration of the diminutive size of Sri Lanka in compared to other countries where such systems operate.
    In the case of District Secretariat, the Government Agent along with Line Ministries exercise powers on behalf of the government in respect to the matters in the Reserved List. The Provincial Councils to exercise powers in the Provincial List and the Concurrent List in terms of the constitution. Some commentators are in favour of transferring some powers in the concurrent List to the Provincial Council List. Thus the exercise of powers and functions are constitutionally defined and the legality or otherwise of exercise of [powers are subject to judicial review.
    In the consideration of the above, not the mere reduction of the powers of Governors but the very requirement to appoint Governors to represent the President at the Provinces should be seriously considered under the proposed constitutional reforms. To curb redundant positions should be done away with.

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    Give it up Anna – it is not Tamil, sounds like singhala – good try, keep it up.

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    TNA ( Tiger Faction ) MP in the North, Sivajilingam was in Toronto( ? ) to bring the hard core Diaspora LTTE up to speed on Batalanada ‘s deal to give Vellala Sambandan the Federal Thing.

    while Biswal was briefing the ex LTTE Spiritual Leader Emma, and the LTTE Financial Controller Suren Surendran, who threatened to hang Medumulana President.

    Now the Financial Controller is in Hilton in Apple Island, with 10 ex LTTE middle managers, discussing the Federal Deal of Batalanada Ranil with his emissary Mangalan Samareweeran.

    This is in preparation for the arrival of the Yahapalana Prez Bodhi Sira to address the UN.

    While the Snhala Buddhist Faction of the UNP is busy ,helping the Batalanada Ranil Faction in their crusade to not only bludgeon the Sinhala Buddhist Majority, but also to incarcerate their leaders, their kids and their grand parents.

    There is not much difference between King Henry the Eight and Batalanada Ranil.. Only thing is the latter doesn’t do Beheading and Quartering..

    This is all to please Vellala Sambandan and his ally Vellalal Wigneswarean.

    How sad.

    Wonder who picks the tab from Hilton for Surendran and his 10 member delegation, which is going to represent the Federal Eelaam of the Jaffna Tamils at the UN, alongside the Yahapalana Bodhi Sira, the Srilankan President….

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    The best comment was made by Rajash sept.18 2.51pm. on this subject.
    All of a sudden, everybody wants to set foot in this arid and humid piece of land, called Jaffna, neglected for well over 60 years,as if this province struck oil or gold recently. Even diplomats including presidents and Prime Ministers of other Countries visiting Sri Lanka, do not fail to visit Jaffna and the CM,NPC., with lot of promises and forgotten after they leave the shores of SL.
    Students from other provinces flock the Jaffna university, which is meant for students of the area, as if no other UNIs are available in other provinces and they create communal disharmony.Tamils students are
    sent in small nos.,as against the wishes of their parents,to other UNIs
    in the South and they do not venture out to the streets or take part in
    extra curricular activities for fear of retaliations, knowing the past experiences. Colombo and Peradeniya campuses were an exception in the
    past and do not know how they treat the minorities now.

    NP badly needs development. It needs a sea port, a regional airport
    to serve India as Palali airport and KKS sea port are the closest air/sea ports from India and people from N/E and NC provinces can use it and make use of the low commodity prices and low airfares due short distance to travel, a cricket stadium, as cricket was played in Jaffna from 18th century and N/E people are cricket crazy, a sports stadium, historic places like Keerimalai(tank. which is in bad shape),Jaffna old fort and temples of fame must be restored to attract tourism. All these projects are on paper but nothing materialised yet as the
    governor, is at log ahead with the elected CM of NPC. and progress there, falls back.

    TNA should intervene and get above projects working so that the employ
    -ment problem, which affects the people of N/E largely, can be solved and drug menace eradicated and at the same time the Govt.,which is
    trusted by the Tamils, should avoid adopting confrontational politics like getting the Governor to interfere in working of the NPC & CM and avoid provoking people by keeping the army in N/E, doing nothing but
    being a hindrance to the normal movement of the people and refusing to vacate people’s lands, holding up people friendly projects like above and release of lands belonging to the people, who are now dangling in make shift camps. Are these acts really necessary in peace time and what you gain by it, except trying to please a certain section of the people.
    Tamil people are appreciative of the fact that efforts are being made
    by the govt.to bring in an amicable settlement and why then, provoke the same people by not treating them as equals.

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    Nothing wrong with this request. The same must apply to every province in Sri Lanka.

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    the solution to the national question is Sinhala youth should learn to write and speak Tamil and find employment in the North.

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    If Wigneswaran was a honest person and not a puppet of the Tiger Remnants then it would make sense to clip the powers of the Governor and strengthen the hands of the CM. Unfortunately, it was Unjust Wigneswaran who proposed the genocide resolution when the yahapalana government was giving into the demands of the minority community. How can anyone agree to clip the powers of the Governor and give it over to CM as long as Wigneswaran occupies that seat?

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    There are 4 rulers in the country
    1. the President
    2. Member of Parliament
    3. Chief Minister
    4. Governor

    Do we need these four people to decide on the people of a province. Certainly NO. One is more than enough. Having these 4 only complicates matters and puts these four on a confrontational path and colossal wastage of money need to pay the staff and meet the expenses for the office and vehicles, further leaves room for corruption and pilferage of funds when the crooks can easily hide under the confusion it creates and one blaming each other.

    Simply have the Parliamentary system of Government we had before Presidential rule came to be.

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