Bimal calls for resignation of 3 ministers

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LATE-CITY-DM-1-6By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera   

JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake said yesterday National Integration and Reconciliation Minister Maithripala Sirisena, Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D .M. Swaminathan and National Co- existence Dialogue and Official Languages Minister Mano Ganesan should resign from their portfolios for having failed to spend even half of the funds allocated to their ministries. 

 

 “I propose that if parliament had powers, these three ministers should be removed from their portfolios immediately,” he said claiming that these ministries were vital in promoting national reconciliation.  .He told parliament that the National Integration and Reconciliation ministry had spent only Rs. 328 million of the allocated Rs. 3,532 million last year, which was only 9 per cent while Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs ministry had spent only Rs. 6000 million of the allocated Rs. 10167 million.  


He added that the National Co- existence Dialogue and Official Languages ministry had spent only Rs. 434 million of the allocated Rs. 1603 million which had spent 45 per cent.  


Speaking during the committee stage debate on the three ministries, he said it was pointless allocating more money for these ministries when they had failed to put them into good use last year.


He said about 3,000 people displaced by the war were still sheltered in displaced camps and added that no programme had been initiated to resettle them by the subject ministry.

  
Mr. Ratnayake said about 5128 acres of lands belonging to the people in the North had been taken over by the security forces and added that they should be released with a proper plan.  


He also said that no development programme had been initiated in the North.   “The government had not taken any step to develop the KKS cement factory, Mannar fishery harbour and Paranthan chemical factory as yet. Palali airport could also be developed as a civil airport,” he said.  


He said Sinhala section of the college of education in Vavuniya should be resumed and added that Vavuniya campus of the Jaffna university should also be declared as a separate university for which higher education minister Lakshman Kiriella said steps had been taken to do so.