LLRC members visit Palai Central College:
Poor Tamil knowledge hinders interaction - Residents
The members of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission led
by its Chairman C R de Silva PC yesterday inspected the Palai Central
College where most students are studying under trees. They conducted
this inspection on the request of people who gave evidence before the
Commission when it met at the Pachchalaipallai Divisional Secretariat
yesterday. They said Police officers who can converse in Tamil with the
people in the area should be deployed.
“People find it difficult to interact with them as the police
officers do not have a knowledge of Tamil,” they added.
M Rajaratnam, a resident of Palai on behalf of the people in the area
requested Commission members to inspect what has actually happened to
the school and take appropriate action to provide all facilities.
Almost all buildings of the school have been destroyed due to the war
and are beyond repair. There are only two buildings with cadjan roofs.
The roofs of these two buildings have been destroyed by LTTE shelling
and have been replaced with cadjan by students and the teachers.
Chairman de Silva PC said he received information that the Government
has allocated over Rs 141 million to construct a new school in the same
premises. The Divisional Secretary said the issue came under discussion
at the Killinochchi District Development Committee meeting and
construction will start soon.
He said the Commission will persuade the Government and the
Ministries to expedite the project soon and inquire from the Divisional
Secretary whether there were any bottlenecks to expedite the project.
Rajaratnam told the Commission that the Government should focus on the
development of educational and health sector in the division.
“Educational and health needs should receive priority”, he added.
He said the Pachchalaipallai Divisional Secretariat Division is
located at the end tip of the Killinochchi district bordering the Jaffna
district and they always get step-motherly treatment.
Rajaratnam said the Government should ensure better education for the
younger generation and prevent them from being driven away by various
He said that heavy fighting erupted in the area between Forces and
the LTTE. “The people in the division had to suffer a lot due to war,”
Rajaratnam said their hospital in the area does not function well. “A
retired doctor comes to the hospital but he can not cater to the health
needs of the public”.
Rajaratnam stressed the importance of addressing the unemployment
problem in the division. “A source of income for the youth will ensure
that they cannot be misled by persons or organizations with vested
interests” he said. Rajaratnam appealed to the Government to uplift the
economic condition of the people by creating employment opportunities in
the area either in public sector or private sector.
He said young mothers and their children still wait to see their
husbands who a reported missing.
He added there are large number of widows in the division without a