President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday instructed the Government Spokesman to set the record straight regarding the new Government policy on NGOs, an official said.
The matter came up at the National Security Council meeting yesterday at Temple Tress and President Rajapaksa instructed Government Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella to clarify the move amidst contradictory reports and protests by the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies .
The Government has decided that all NGOs should be registered with the Defence Ministry and that all supplies and utensils of the NGO`s in the North East would be temporarly taken over if they decided to pull out of the area.
The President stressed that the move was not aimed at antagonizing the NGOs but to make sure that those utensils and supplys did not end up in the hands of the LTTE. He said the utensils and supplies would be handed back to the NGOs in Colombo.