Nov 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka Muslim Party, the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) slammed Finance Minister of the purported government Mahinda Rajapaksa's decision to slash budget allocations for Muslim IDPs in the North.
"The funds allocated for long term IDPs in the last budget has been drastically slashed" said the Leader of ACMC Rishad Bathiudeen MP immediately after leaving the House on Friday.
"These long term IDPs, most of them are Muslims in Northern Province, are the group to suffer the longest since the war times. Their resettlement and welfare support by the government is vital since there is no one else to spend for them.
MP Bathiudeen said the cabinet of the former government, before the illegal government and the cabinet were appointed by the President on October 26, had approved funds for resettlement of the old IDPs.
The ACMC leader said the approval was a thorough process, and it was also cleared by the policy Planning Ministry of previous Cabinet. Using these approved allocations, resettlement work had already started from August 2018.
"It is unfortunate that the newly appointed PM Rajapaksa has slashed Rs 250 Million from this ongoing allocations, leaving these IDPs in great difficulty. Despite leading an illegitimate government, he has even instructed to divert this Rs 250 million for other work away from IDP resettlement," he said.
"This is an illegal action and harms the ongoing resettlement process of IDPs and therefore I, as an MP from Vanni District have complained to our Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today to mediate and resolve this. We want IDP resettlement process to resume as soon as possible," ACMC Leader MP Bathiudeen said.