Professionals including doctors and engineers held a protest against Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) to be signed with India and the JVP has organized a series of seminars to be held throughout the island to apprise the public regarding the harm to the country from the agreement. The first of this series of seminars held under the theme “Denounce ETCA that sacrifices our economy to India!” was held at Mahaweli Center yesterday (18th) chaired by the Leader of the JVP Comrade Anura Dissanayaka.
Speaking at the seminar Comrade Anura Dissanayaka said, “India had a strong human civilization. Indus Valley civilization is such a strong civilization. This is why we respect India. However, we also have a serious criticism against India for having a very invasive foreign policy.”
The JVP Leader also strongly criticized the policy followed by the present administration regarding this issue. “Regarding the protest of professionals Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said people were taken to the streets by paying them and if they bring one person to the streets he could bring ten. On one hand we are happy that the likes of Ranil Wickremesinghe are preparing to come to the streets. However, the JVP would not allow Ranil Wickremesingeh to scare or subdue the people with his arrogant words,” he emphasized.
Talking about the JVP policy on trade agreements Comrade Anura Dissanayaka said, “JVP has a policy on trade agreements. No country in the world could stay isolated. For, this is not a depending era but the countries and people in world have been brought together by technology, transport and communication. Cotton from China is made into thread and cloths in Korea and garments using them are made in Sri Lanka and people in another country wear them. The countries of the world are getting closer and closer through markets, communication and culture. The world is reaching a new freedom. In such an environment Sri Lanka should think more about her relations with other countries. The aim of bilateral and multi lateral agreements should be to draw capital to the country. They may be disadvantageous for us in the short run but would be advantageous in the long run. Also, attention should be drawn to bring in technology we do not have in our country. Such agreements could be used to capture the share of our producers in the world market. Hence, the JVP does not absolutely reject agreements signed between countries. Our opposition depends on whether such an agreement is advantageous to the country or not.”
Explaining the stand of the JVP on economic and political interests of India and ETCA agreement the present government intends signing Comrade Anura Dissanayaka said, “There is a political gamble here. India is trying to intervene in politics in our country. Already, there are many RAW spies in Jaffna. Before our country is made a political play-ground India wants to gobble our economy. Already India has a monopoly in the vehicle, medicine and construction sectors. Already, they are controlling our economy. Through that they manipulate politics in our country. It is this political need that jumps out of Ranil’s mouth. We would never allow this agreement to be signed,” said the Leader of the JVP.