JVP launches struggle against unfair taxes

A leaflet campaign under the theme ‘Struggle against unfair taxes people are burdened with’ was held by the JVP at Colombo Fort Railway Station yesterday (30th) to protest against the move by the government to burden the masses with the economic crisis it is confronted with by increasing VAT to 15% and imposing unbearable taxes.

The General Secretary Comrade Tilvin Silva, Members of its Political Bureau Comrade Lal Kantha and Comrade Sunil Handunneththi, JVP Provincial Councilors Comrade Mahinda Jayasinghe, Comrade Sarath Pathirana, Comrade Sunil Watagala and several other comrades were present.

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Humanitarian Operation’ to purify flood affected areas launched

‘Humanitarian labour Operation’, the special voluntary campaign by ‘Red Star’ ‘Relief Services Brigade’ of the JVP to help eh affected people to clean their houses, compounds, roads, wells and other damage infra structure was launched simultaneously in Colombo and Gampaha Districts today morning.

Leaders of the JVP including Comrades Anura Dissanayaka, Tilvin Silva, Sunil Handunneththi, Sunil Watagala, Mahinda Jayasinghe, Luxman Nipunarachchi, Bimal Rathnayaka, Nihal Galappaththi, Vijitha Herath, Wasantha Samarasinghe were present.

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The government, like the previous one, doesn’t have correct evaluation of natural disasters!

“The people and the country had to face natural disasters and were tormented when the tsunami occurred in 2004, due to Miriyabadda landslide and now many parts of the country have been destroyed and many people have lost lives and property and have been made destitute. However, the present government just like previous governments, despite stating it was prepared to meet any eventuality, has not been prepared to meet the recent disaster situation the country had to undergo. This is evident in allocating less funds for disaster management for this year,” states the Information Secretary of the JVP Comrade Vijitha Herath at a press conference held at the head office of the JVP at Pelawatta today (24th).
It was also emphasized that the ‘Red Star’ ‘Relief Services Brigade’ of the JVP hoped to engage in a special voluntary campaign on the 26th and the 27th under the theme ‘Humanitarian labour Operation’. He said, they hoped to assemble at Kaduwela Junction and Siyambalape Junction at 9.00 a.m. to commence the operation to clean houses, wells, roads and repair other damaged facilities. They also invite the public to join with water pumps, mammoties, shovels, wheelbarrows, cleaning agents etc. They also invited all other voluntary organizations to mediate immediately to normalize the lives of the affected people.
The Member of the Central Committee Comrade Sunil Watagala and the National Organizer of Socialist Youth Union Comrade Eranga Gunasekera were also present.
Comrade Vijitha Herath said, “An unexpected disaster situation cropped up. several areas were submerged due to floods and rain water. Many voluntary organizations and individuals got involved in providing relief to the affected. Also, Navy, Air force, Army and state institutions took great pains to bring relief to the distressed. The JIP expresses its special thanks to all those who came foreword to help the distressed. Also, a large number of Sri Lankans living abroad came forward to support the affected people. Their mediation to help the victims of adverse weather is commendable.
We, as a country, were tormented due to the tsunami of December, 2004. We have also confronted natural disasters several times such as the landslide at Miriyabadda. After every disaster that occurred then government and the existing government stated that the country has been made ready to confront any such disaster that would occur. However, we didn’t see any readiness of the government to confront the disaster the country was subjected to. It is reported that the special equipment that forecasts weather conditions too has been inactive during the past five years. This indicates that the government did not have any plan to meet such a disaster.
Natural disasters occur instantaneously. As such, the government should be prepared to meet such disasters. As the government was not prepared it could not mediate immediately at the initial stages of the disaster. We, of the JVP emphasized in Parliament that the disaster was of a gigantic proportion and asked the government to declare a state of emergency. Despite the Leader of the House saying it would be considered, no such state of emergency has been declared yet. Initially, state officials had obstacles in mediating in the crisis. The provisions in circulars were only to feed people in camps. The officials could not take decisions to provide food and other essentials to people trapped in other areas. There was no process for state officials to get fuel expenses to use boats to reach victims. As a result of circulars state officials could not take decisions initially. The situation was not simple. Instant operations were necessary. State officials could have acted promptly and efficiently if a state of emergency was declared. However, the government has now declared affected areas as High Security Zones. The government states no reclaiming lands would be allowed. There is politics behind unauthorized constructions and reclaim of lands. The government, if it was so concerned about the environment, shouldn’t have allowed unauthorized construction or filling of lands. We are happy that the government could realize its folly at least after all the happenings.
The funds allocated by the government for disaster management for this year is less than in 2015. The allocation for capital expenditure in 2015 was Rs.2522 million. In 2016 it is Rs.2135 million. The recurrent expenditure for 2015 was Rs.1543 million but in 2016 it was Rs.799 million. This indicates that the government did not have any preparedness to confront a disaster situation. The issues confronted by the people due to the tsunami have not been solved yet. Despite those who lost lands were given lands, they have not been given deeds for such lands. As a result they are inconvenienced when admitting their children to schools as they are unable to produce legal documents to prove their residence. In such an environment the government has slashed funds allocated for disaster management.
The government should see that such a situation would not arise in the future. The Department of Irrigation should have an alternative to control the water levels of all rivers including the Kelani. At the moment the government states a special attention would be turned to ‘megapolis’. However, we emphasize that environmental factor is important in development whether there is a disaster or not.
By now people who were affected have left their houses and are temporarily lodged in camps. Some are with their relatives and many others have nowhere to go. In Aranayaka the houses of the people affected by the landslide have been completely destroyed and they have nowhere to go. It is the same with the affected people at Kalupahana. The government has still not taken a final decision regarding solutions for these people. The government should take a definite decision if they decide to give these people alternative places. The people are awaiting a clear answer. they are unable to take a decision regarding their future.
Many lives and property were lost and when compensating the government should take an impartial decision. We emphasize that a process should not be followed where only those who confirm residency are paid compensation and others are neglected stating theirs were unauthorized constructions. Properties of all those who resided in legal or illegal dwellings have been destroyed. Hence, the government should compensate all those who have been affected due to the disaster. Also, there should be a programme for resettlement. An instant operation is necessary to normalize people’s lives. Instant mediation to clean houses, wells is necessary and health clinics should be held in those areas immediately. A survey should be held regarding school books and uniforms children have lost and a programme carried out to provide them with the necessities. There are individuals and organizations prepared to help in this venture if the government prepares a programme.
The JVP, as a political party, made a special mediation to bring relief to the affected people. Even during the tsunami debacle the ‘Red Star’, the ‘Relief Services Brigade’ of the JVP carried out a giant mediation in saving people, feeding the distressed, treating the injured and the sick by holding health clinics. In this debacle too ‘Red Star’ mediated in relief work, saving lives, bringing food to the affected and holding health clinics. Many members of ‘Red Star’ engaged in relief work risking their own lives and property and while their homes were under water. We continue to engage in relief work. The ‘Red Star’ ‘Relief Services Brigade’ of the JVP hopes to engage in a special voluntary campaign on the 26th and the 27th under the theme ‘Humanitarian labour Operation’. We hope to assemble at Kaduwela Junction and Siyambalape Junction at 9.00 a.m. to commence the operation. We hope to clean houses, wells, roads and repair other damaged facilities. We invite the public to join us with water pumps, mammoties, shovels, wheelbarrows, cleaning agents etc. We know that two days would not be sufficient to unravel the destruction caused by the calamity. hence, we invite all other voluntary organizations to mediate immediately to normalize the lives of the affected people. Meanwhile, the government should make an immediate survey of the disaster and prepare a programme to provide necessary equipment for the affected people. We also call upon all citizens of the country to contribute to help the affected.”

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‘Red Star’ shines for the affected…

The ‘Red Star’ ‘Relief Services Brigade’ of the JVP continued its relief work among people who have been affected due to floods and inclement weather.
The General Secretary of the JVP Comrade Tilvin Silva, the Member of the Central Committee Wasantha Samarasinghe and the National Organizer of Socialist Youth Union Comrade Eranga Gunasekera together with comrades of ‘Red Star’ distributed dry rations in Kaduwela area. A large number of people handed over goods to be distributed to flood victims at the ‘Red Star’ temporary collection center at Kaduwela Junction.
Meanwhile, JVP Parliamentarian Comrade Sunil Handunneththi and former Parliamentarian and Central Committee Member Comrade Gamini Rathnayaka visited the camps where people who have been affected due to the landslide that occurred in Aranayaka area are temporarily settled to find out their needs and support them.
They visited and handed over aid to camps at Dikpitiya Rajagiriya MV, Rajagiriya Purana Viharaya, Rajagiriya Junior School, Welimanna Temple, Welimanna Pre-School, Hathgampola Temple and Hathgampola MV.
They also visited Ella MV, Pannala MV, Kalampitiya Bedugala Vidydalaya, Kanangamuwa Vidyalaya, Yatiyanthota camp where people affected by the landslide at Kalupahana Estate at Bulathkohupitiya are temporarily settled.
Comrade Sunil Handunneththi gave an assurance to the affected people that the JVP would mediate, appear for them and do what ever necessary for them even after the inclement weather situation eases.
Meanwhile, a mobile health clinic was held for the benefit of the affected people in Kolonnawa area with the participation of JVP Central Committee Member Comrade Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa with the voluntary support of Dr. Upeksha.
‘Red Star’ Relief Services Brigade had also organized two health clinics at Artigala Temple and Homagama area with the participation of a group of doctors including Dr. Asanga Wickremesinghe and Dr. Lasantha Abeyawarna.
Popular singer T.M. Jayaratna too contributed to the ‘Red Star’ Relief Services Brigade in kind.

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100 seminars from JVP on current economic crisis

The JVP has made arrangements to hold a series of seminars throughout the country to apprise the public regarding the existing economic crisis, the debt burden, the boundless tax policy of the government and several other issues.

The party intends holding 100 seminars commencing from the 1st June. The Leader of the JVP Comrade Anura Dissanayaka, General Secretary Comrade Tilvin Silva, the Information Secretary Comrade Vijitha Herath,the National Organizer Comrade Bimal Rathnayaka, Members of the Political Bureau Comrade Lal Kantha and Comrade Sunil Handunneththi and Central Committee Members Comrade Nalinda Jayatissa and Comrade Wasantha Samarasinghe are expected to address the seminars.

JVP leaders engage in relief work with ‘Red Star’

The ‘Red Star’ ‘Relief Services Brigade’ of the JVP continued its community service of visiting and helping the flood affected people yesterday (20th) as well.

The Leader of the JVP Comrade Anura Dissanayaka, the Political Bureau Member Comrade Sunil Handunneththi and the National Organizer of Socialist Youth Union Comrade Eranga Gunasekera joined comrades of ‘Red Star’ to bring relief to affected people in areas around Kaduwela and Hanwella. Meanwhile another team of comrades of the Red Star’ with the Information Secretary of the Party Comrade Vijitha Herath and Provincial Council Member Comrade Ashoka Ranwala visited affected people in Biyagama, Siyambalape, Mabima and Thekkawatta areas to bring relief.
The Red Star’ ‘Relief Services Brigade’ of the JVP has organized relief work in other areas affected by floods while food, drinking water and medicine have been provided to people in Nikaweratiya, Rasnayakapura and Polonthalawa who have been affected due to over-spilling of Deduru Oya.

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‘Red Star ‘continues its relief work for the affected

The ‘Red Star’ ‘Relief Services Brigade’ of the JVP continues to visit flood affected people and take aid to them. They have visited the most afected people, specially nar the bund of the river where many other voluntary teams have not dared to visit.

The party has requested its member s and well-wishers to collect aid, specially items necessary for children, to be distributed among the affected.
The Brigade engaged in distributing food, drinking water and medicine etc. to the flood affected people in Weliwita and Ambatale in Kaduwela area yesterday (19th).

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Video: Relief for Kaduwela flood affected from JVP

The ‘Relief Services Brigade’ of the JVP has commenced a programme to take the flood affected people at Kaduwela to safer places and provide them with cooked meals. The Member of the Political Bureau of the JVP Comrade Lal Kantha joined the team providing cooked meals and other necessaries to the affected people yesterday (18th).

Comrade Lal Kantha and comrades of the Relief Services Brigade of the JVP visited areas where people were severely affected due to floods and took measures to provide them with food. The people, many of them confined to their homes due to flood water said no responsible official, a minister or a representative of the government visited them and thanked the JVP for the programme to aid the affected.

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Declare emergency to expedite relief work – JVP

JVP asked the government to declare a state of emergency in the country to expedite the process of providing relief to disaster hit areas.
Information Secretary of the JVP Parliamentarian Herath said in parliament that bureaucratic hurdles, administrative and financial regulations and circulars had prevented authorities from providing immediate relief to people affected by floods, landslides and earth slips and declaring a state of emergency would facilitate relief work that needs to be carried out immediately.
Comrade Vijitha Herath said people in many parts of the island have been affected and in some areas whole villages are cut away from the rest of eh country, people are marooned and many have been forced to confine to their houses.
As authorities are bound by circulars and regulations the relief work doesn’t move in a speed that is necessary. Hence declaring a state of emergency would unbind the officials from bureaucratic hurdles and would release them to take action immediately.
The Leader of the House and Minister 0f Higher Education and Highways Lakshaman Kiriella said they would consider the proposal by Comrade Vijitha Herath.

Capitalist class always attacked the left using filth cast away from the left

The capitalist class always utilized filth cast away from the left, this is true internationally as well as locally and the mudslinging campaigns carried out at present targeting the JVP and its leaders is a continuation of this malicious practice says the General Secretary of the JVP Comrade Tilvin Silva.

He said the JVP, out of all the political parties in this country, was the political party that was subjected to the worst attacks by its enemies.
The General Secretary of the JVP said this speaking at the seminar titled ‘Why JVP is slandered?’ held at Mahaweli Center regarding mudslinging campaigns carried out by various cliques and groups together with capitalists against the JVP.
The Leader of the JVP Comrade Anura Dissanayaka and the Member of the Political Bureau Comrade Lal Kantha also addressed the seminar.

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