Northern Province Chief Minister made an inspection visit to Delft

16453979961_96a402007aChief Minister of Northern Province Justice C.V.Wigneswaran made an inspection visit to delft on 26 January 2015 and was accorded a rousing welcome.

Parliamentarian S.Sritharan, Ponnuthurai Ayngaranesan – Provincial Minister of Agriculture & Agrarian Services, T.Kurukularaja – Provincial Minister of Education, Provincial Council Members, Secretary to the Chief Minister S. Thiruvakaran and other officials were also accompanied with him during this visit.

Chief Minister had discussions with the people of that area regarding their needs and problems faced by them and also had discussion with staff of Divisional Secretariat regarding the development works. During this visit, Chief Minister provided dry rations to 250 families and also distributed bicycles and sewing machines to the needy people. Also Rs.400,000 was given by the Chief Minister for general works of the region.

Also, he visited to ruined historical places and had discussion with the relevant officials regarding tourism development of Delft region.

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Vaikarai Health Care Center declared open by Chief Minister – 17 January 2014

12083210693_fe9d403594Opening ceremony of Vaikarai – The health care center for spinal cord injured people, Pampaimadu Ayurveda Hospital premises was held on 17th January 2014. The Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council Justice C.V.Wigneswaran participated as the chief guest and ceremonially declared open the center.

This health care center was established with the effort of Health Minister Dr. P. Sathiyalingam to support those who are affected by spinal cord issues.  Obviously this center will serve them to return their normal life and involve their day-to-day activities without any ache.

This kind of health center will be established in other districts too after collecting the details of number of affected people.

Provincial Minister of Health Dr.P. Sathiyalingam, Provincial Minister of Education T. Kurukularajah, Provincial Member of Fisheries and Transport B. Deniswaran, Parliamentarian N. Sivasakthy Ananthan, Members of Northern Provincial Council and officials from Provincial Ministry of Health also took part in the event.

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Moving forward after the recent Provincial Council election results

The results of the recent Provincial Council elections represent both an Opportunity and a Threat. For the government it also made clear both its Strengths and its Weaknesses. Whether however government is willing to, or capable of, making the sort of SWOT analysis that will enable it to go down to history as one that brought peace and prosperity to Sri Lanka remains doubtful.

The Opportunity presented was by the Northern Province. Though the TNA swept the poll, the voters have expressed a marked preference for the moderates amongst them. The choice of Justice Wigneswaran, which was welcomed by pluralists in the South, turns out to have been entirely justified, given how overwhelmingly he topped the preferential vote.

It is true that, during the campaign, he engaged in rhetoric that seemed to suggest sympathy for terrorism. But, as I told a friend who seemed unduly worried about this, having gone out on a limb as it were in approbation of the Wigneswaran candidature, such rhetoric cannot be avoided in such elections. DBS Jeyaraj, the most perceptive of Tamil journalists, had pointed out the possible danger of this, given that Wigneswaran had been nominated against the wishes, not only of extremists, but also of those in Jaffna who would have preferred a man of the area.

Jeyaraj, I think understandably, worried about whether Wigneswaran would become a victim of his own rhetoric, something that has happened to so many politicians in Sri Lanka, including sadly Mr Bandaranaike and Mr Chelvanayakam. But the reason I remain optimistic about Wigneswaran is that, even while he was breathing fire on the campaign trail, he was enunciating a very moderate and sensible point of view internationally, as in the brave interview he gave to the ‘Hindu’. In that he made it clear that excessive interference by politicians from Tamilnadu was not at all helpful.

His forthrightness there is the more to be admired because the bane of Tamil politics has been the tendency to be influenced by outside factors. As I told the British Foreign Office in 2009 (before the Ministry of External Affairs became paranoid about me, and inhibited such contact), they had every reason to tell us to talk to the Tamils of Sri Lanka. This we ourselves needed and wanted to do. But to preach to us about talking to the TGTE was outrageous, and indicative of their own selfish electoral interests rather than the concerns of Sri Lankan Tamils. Even Mr Sambandan, who is I think a good man, but weak, has tended to follow foreign advice, with disastrous consequences, as I believe happened when he advocated support for Sarath Fonseka in the 2010 Presidential election. I don’t think Mr Wigneswaran, though he will be forthright in pushing for rights and equitable benefits for the people of the North, will make that sort of mistake. Continue reading