Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga said that Ministers and MPs should donate one month’s salary to provide relief to victims of Koslanda landslide disaster. But the government said that they have enough money to support the effected and the the Government MP’s will NOT donate their one month salary.
MP Amaratunga speaking soon after Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera made a ministerial statement on Koslanda disaster in Parliament yesterday, said: “Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe is visiting the landslide hit areas and people at the time I am addressing this House. We have to do something for these people, who are our brethren. Why can’t we donate our salaries for their benefit, to provide them with relief? We are ready to donate. We should set an example to the country. The government should start this programme. We are ready to cooperate with the government. We have no intention to take political advantage over the issue.”
Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera: “The government has the money to provide relief to the affected people. We can manage without Opposition MPs’ salaries. We are not against donating salaries. If you really feel the need to do so, you can start it, we will support you.”
To meet the urgent needs of victims of the recent landslides in Koslanda, the United States Govt has provided Rs. 6.5 million (US$ 50,000) for emergency humanitarian assistance, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said.
India has pledged Rs five million as immediate relief for victims of landslide in Sri Lanka and is also considering medium and long-term assistance. “India has pledged as immediate relief assistance of Rs 50 lakh for the victims of landslide in Sri Lanka,” the Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs said. He said that the Indian government was also considering, in consultation with the Sri Lankan government, medium and long-term assistance options. Nearly 200 people were feared to have been buried alive in the landslide on Wednesday.