Kalmunai Tamil DS not yet set up

By Skandha Gunasekara

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday said that despite reaching an agreement with the United National Front (UNF) Government, a separate Tamil divisional secretariat was yet to be established in the Kalmunai area.

TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said that an accountant had not been appointed as planned but would be appointed soon.

“There was a failure to appoint an accountant at the time we reached the agreement with the Government because there was no cadre for such a position. But now, the relevant authorities have established a cadre and we expect an accountant would be appointed soon.”

An accountant is needed to give financial freedom to the Tamil Divisional Secretariat.

Furthermore, Sumanthiran noted it was important that the boundaries of the two separate divisional secretariats were established.

“At present, there are no demarcations on the boundaries of the two divisional secretariats. Clear boundaries on the ground are needed to separate the two.”

However, he said the Government was working on the matter and that he hoped it would be concluded soon.

The Government, on 11 July, agreed to establish a separate Tamil Divisional Secretariat in addition to the current Muslim Divisional Secretariat in the Kalmunai area upon the request of the TNA in exchange for the latter’s support in Parliament to defeat the No-confidence Motion (NCM) brought against the Government by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP).

Accordingly, the TNA lent its support to the Government, and the NCM was defeated.