Following an appeal from the mothers of two Jaffna University who were arrested during a protest in December 2012, President Mahinda Rajapaksa instructed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to make arrangements for the release of the students.
“Help your children focus on their studies,” President Rajapaksa told the two mothers after asking the IGP to release the students as early as tomorrow if possible.
The two students, Kanagasunderasami Janamenjanan and Paramalingam Tharshanandan, the only two still under rehabilitation, are expected to be brought to Vavuniya today morning and released thereafter.
President Rajapaksa took this decision while chairing the District Development Committee meeting in Jaffna yesterday. At the beginning of the meeting, the President, speaking in Tamil, said “I understand the suffering and pain that the people of Jaffna went through for 30 years. But today the situation is different.”
Speaking about the duties of public servants, President Rajapaksa said, “You must work without any division in race, religion or caste. All the services that the government provides must be properly provided to the people. That is your obligation. When innocent people come to you for assistance, you must show kindness and send them back with satisfaction.”
President Rajapaksa also responded to a question about the claim made by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that the government has withdrawn funds allocated to north and east local government institutions that are controlled by the TNA. President Rajapaksa said that the accusation is completely false. He said any local government body will have to return unutilized funds because it’s the normal procedure.
Following an update by the District Secretary, the President engaged in a lengthy discussion with the many officials, including regional government officers, ministers and secretaries. President Rajapaksa requested specific updates on more than a dozen projects that were reportedly incomplete. Local officials from around the peninsula responded to each query.