TMVP leader Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman said yesterday he welcomed Indian investments to develop infrastructure projects in the Eastern Province.
In the backdrop of sharp attacks by the JVP, JNP and other parties on India s alleged plans to get a foothold in the Eastern Province, Karuna told Daily Mirror investments whether from India or elsewhere should be directed through the central government.
India has invested heavily in the Trincomalee oil farm, coal power and other projects
Karuna who was recently deported from Britain after serving a prison term there for illegally entering that country, said as a first step towards rehabilitating TMVP cadres, some 200 would be recruited to the Civil Defence Force by the end of next month and documentation had been completed in this regard.
If there are people with required qualifications, they will be absorbed into the Sri Lanka Police Service later. We had negotiations on this with the Defence Ministry, he said.
Referring to the All Party Representative Committee (APRC), Karuna said his party was currently preparing its devolution proposals to be handed over to the Committee and noted that he would not insist on police powers for the province, but would demand adequate powers for education, lands and development work.
I am planning to meet various ministers to discuss development activities in the eastern province.
Recently, I had talks with Provincial Health Minister M.L.A.M. Hizbullah, he said and added that he would be making arrangements to resolve the paddy lands issue between Tamils and Muslims as communal harmony was vital for the development of the east.
Referring to the teacher shortage in the East, Karuna said Education Minister Susil Premajayantha handed over appointments to 480 graduates in Batticaloa yesterday and he assured that 125 voluntary teachers in the area would be made permanent soon.