Indian Navy should do more to help the refugees: CM

Place: Tamil Nadu | Courtesy: NewInd Press
| Date: 20000600

MADURAI: The Indian Navy should put in more efforts to bring the Sri Lankan Tamil refugees stranded in mid sea, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has said.

Talking to reporters at Madurai airport, the Chief Minister said on Thursday that he had written to the Prime Minister regarding the ordeal faced by refugees reportedly dropped on the sandy islands across the Adams bridge with no assistance, including from the Navy, to reach the Indian shores safely.

Regarding the formation of a committee in Sri Lanka for grant of additional powers to the North-Eastern province, he hoped it would strive to establish equal rights to both the Sinhalese and Tamils.

``The DMK has made its stand clear on the Sri Lankan issue and in my birthday speech I made two suggestions. One was that the Sinhalese and Tamils should share equal rights, and if that was not possible, the second idea was to adopt the Czech model. The media projected the second suggestion more than the first. I would better give my views in writing rather than talk to you,'' he told reporters in a lighter vein.

On Centre's aid package offer to Sri Lanka, he said the Prime Minister had already apprised MDMK leader Vaiko on that and there was no need for further discussions. Ruling out the possibility of a split in NDA owing to differences on the Sri Lanka issue between regional parties, he said some parties were anticipating a split since they were not interested in a stable government at the Centre.

Asked whether TMC was likely to align itself with the DMK, he said there was nothing to say on that for the moment.

The government had ordered that employment to co-operative departments be made only through employment exchange. The delay in implementing the order would be looked into, he assured.

He said the chances of appointing B.Ed. degree holders in vacancies for secodary grade teacher posts had to be examined before taking a decision. The setting up of a secondary grade teacher training school through the Kallar Reclamation Department would be considered, he said.

The Cauvery River Water Authority meeting, which was recently deferred, would be held soon. An amicable solution upholding the rights and interests of both the States would be reached, he hoped.