TNA wants more aid for IDPs

By M. Sasikumar

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian and Spokesman, Suresh Premachandran said the Ministry of Resettlement should make arrangements to provide basic needs to the people who were permitted to resettle recently in Valikamam-North.
“Simply releasing the lands is not enough. The government should consider providing the people being resettled with some basic facilities to the people to enable them to pick up the threads of life once again” he said.

He added, those who were allowed to resettle are ready to clear the jungle areas with their own money, but the government is yet to provide aid for those who are looking forward to resettle in the recently released lands.
“Government should consider providing temporary huts for those who are resettling until they build a proper house in their own lands. Government has failed to address such necessary issues,” he said.
He pointed out that Divisional Secretaries and District Secretaries should be vigilant about the issue to provide these people with their basic needs.

922976_371507369624796_475705882_n“The coastal belt of Valalaai is covered with mortar and other debris. If the government clears the beaches of all this debris it would enable the fishermen to run their boats ashore here after fishing instead of anchoring them in the shallows” he said.

He also pointed out that there are explosives buried down the coastal belt of Valalaai and the authorities should carry out a thorough search of these beaches to remove these explosives.

“I have lodged a complaint regarding these problems with the Koppay Divisional Secretary. I have urged him to provide temporary shelters for those who are to resettle in Valalaai. Their temporary shelters were damaged in the recent heavy rains and winds. It is a must that the government should address these issues immediately,” he said.

Premachandran visited Valalaai and Palalay-East on Saturday (18) to open a dialogue with the people who were recently permitted to resettle in their own land that was under the High Security Zone (HSZ).

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