|Saturday, 8 May 2004|
JVP wants systematic probe
The JVP politburo in a statement yesterday, requested the authorities to conduct a systematic probe into the manner in which roofing sheets received as a donation from India during the UNP regime had been distributed and punish those responsible for misappropriating them without giving them to the poor and needy for whom they were intended.
The statement said the Indian Government had donated a consignment of roofing sheets to Sri Lanka during the UNP regime for free distribution among the poor and needy.
The statement added: "Instances where certain UNP politicians had either given these roofing sheets to their supporters, sold them to make a fast buck or retained them in their warehouses without distribution had been reported from many areas such as Colombo, Kurunegala, Kalutara, Matara and Dickwella.
To conduct a roofing sheet racket in the name of the poor people of this country should be considered a lowly act.
The newly elected Government should pay more attention towards such exploitation of donations made for distribution among and take stern action against the culprits involved as a deterrent towards the commitment of such acts by anyone in future.
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