The Jatika Hela Urumaya (JHU) yesterday urged the Sri Lankan Government, International and local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO), politicians, political parties and individuals who received large donations for tsunami rehabilitation to present a progress report prior to the first tsunami anniversary.
JHU General Secretary, Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thera commenting on the tsunami rehabilitation almost one year after the tragedy said that JHU is ready to present a tsunami-rehabilitation progress report to the public calling for others to follow suit.
The Ven. Thera noted that there had not been much rehabilitation or development in the tsunami devastated areas despite the heavy pour of foreign funds, volunteers, duty free items and vehicles to the country.
While commending the request by a NGO group to the government to present the one-year progress report on tsunami rehabilitation, Ven. Thera urged them to follow up on their demand.
?The INGOs, NGOs, political groups and personalities should state the amount of funds and assistance received by them including vehicles, the service of volunteers and the amount of rehabilitation and redevelopment work they have achieved during the past year,? he said.
According to Ven. Sobitha Thera many INGOs and NGOs had misused donations on extravagant pursuits, granting little or none to the affected.
?Many had employed foreign specialists and skills for a lengthy period for no evitable reason and had failed to develop local capacity and skills at grass root levels,? he said.
He further pointed out that many INGOs created an erroneous picture on Sri Lanka and local attempts of rehabilitation during their fund raising campaigns, ignoring local cultural habits and age-long family bonds and traditions.