Tamils are subjected to two-pronged attacks in Ampaa’rai: Trade union leader
While an occupying military is appropriating lands of Eezham Tamils in Ampaa’rai district in favour of an ethnic group, another group is buying lands deploying large sums of money with the backing of ministers in the ruling alliance. Eezham Tamils are also side-lined in the public sector employment, said All Ceylon Workers Association leader S. Loganathan on Saturday. The conduct of certain ministers aligned with the ruling Colombo government is sabotaging the emerging understanding between the Tamils and Muslims, he said.
63 public sector posts at Kalmunai Municipal Council have been allocated completely to a single community. Tamils have been totally side-lined, Mr Loganathan said.
“Where is the stated policy of employing workers to public sector according to the prevailing ethnic ratio in the concerned locations,” he questioned.
Even the few Tamil civil servants serving in the top positions in Ampaa’rai district are being transferred from the district to other districts, he said.
The Tamil politicians collaborating with the ruling government have also failed to address this serious issue, he said.
As a trade union, All Ceylon Workers Association is obliged to voice against the injustice, Mr Loganathan said.
At the same time, lands belonging to Eezham Tamils are being taken over with political might in Thiraaykkea’ni in Addaa’laich-cheanai division, Addap-pa’l’lam in Ninthavoor, Maa’nikka-madu in I’rakkaamam division and in the Tamil villages in Naavithan-ve’li division of Ampaa’rai district, Tamil activists complain.