Following the liberation of several LTTE held areas in the North the Government has now learnt that several non governmental organizations which were based in the North for the last two and half decades had not carried out any development work despite receiving huge sums of money from foreign countries apparently for developing areas that were not under government control.
There were nearly 3,000 locals employed by these NGOs and they were paid. But the lion’s share of the large sums of money these NGOs received from their masters especially from many European Union countries had been shared with the LTTE, it has been revealed. The latter bought arms and paid the salaries of their cadres while the NGO heads led luxurious life neglecting their duty.
Commenting on this situation Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said that if the NGOs had been under his
purview he would have banned all except for the ICRC and the United Nations which he said had carried out their duty. “I will ban the others and pack them off from this country,” he said.
Following the liberation of several roads and villages that were under LTTE control it has now been revealed that no development activities had been carried out in these areas. Roads, culverts and bridges still remain in dilapidated condition. School buildings, and other housing state agencies have not been attended to and state run hospitals still remain as they were prior to 1980.
Following the capture of Pooneryn there were great expectations that a land route could be established to Jaffna from the South. But the state of the road leading to Jaffna, the bridges and culverts along this road were not suitable for vehicular traffic. Apparently the NGOs have done nothing to repair these roads.
Since the liberation of several areas along the A-9 and A-32 highways to Jaffna and Mannar respectively Army engineers and a large contingent of workers have been deployed to effect urgent repairs, reports indicated.