by Rajasingham Jayadevan
( July 23, 2017, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) The right thinking people must welcome the initiative of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) to help provide medical assistance for the flood affected areas of Southern Sri Lanka in partnership with the pioneering Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement. This effort must be strengthened further by the GTF to involve in far reaching post war socio-economic work with the engagement with the cross section of the community organisations overseas.
Many individuals, organisations and expatriate enterprises have undertaken sustainable socio-economic projects without any political fanfare and glamour. Their efforts too must be welcome and publicised in an effective way to widen the scope of engagement of the expatriate Tamils.
There are Tamil organisations and individuals providing funds for the flood victims. Even one leading organisation have gone to the extent of funding for purchase educational materials for the flood affected school children.
As an evolvement of the pre-war International Federation of Tamils (IFT) which was the international political arm of British Tamil Association (now British Tamil Forum) the progressing GTF and the BTF must ensure to address the crying demand of the expatriates to crystallise the unaccounted pre-war funds collected under duress and held in individual fund raising operatives names and commit them for the sustainable post war development work in Sri Lanka.
Both GTF and BTF must publicly display their stand to account for the hidden funds and publicise their programme of work to utilise them for good and positive purposes in Sri Lanka. If the funds are not with them or their network of operatives, they must make public pronouncements without further delay. Any operative unwilling to co-operate must be named and shamed to ensure they are made to respond to the cry.