The JVP yesterday said some racist elements had dubbed the recently passed Office for Reparation Bill as a move to help former LTTEers as they wanted to instigate communal disharmony.
Addressing the media at the party headquarters in Pelawatte, JVP Propaganda Secretary and MP Vijitha Herath said that the Office for Reparation Bill had been given various interpretations.
The objective of the bill was to compensate those who had been affected by political and civil conflicts. As per the provisions of the bill, all those who had suffered should be compensated irrespective of their communal background.
“The war ended in May 2009 and soon after that we the JVP put forward a set of proposals to the then government calling for compensation for those affected by the conflict. The then government should have taken cognizance of the importance of our proposals and helped the war affected. That was a humanitarian requisite but the then government was focusing on consolidating its power rather than addressing the issues of victims of the conflict.
“All those who suffered due to the conflict deserve justice. One of the main objectives of reparation is preventing the country from sliding back to a conflict situation. When the conflict was on we insisted that it could be solved only through a military solution and campaigned for that. Similarly, we are campaigning to get compensation for the victims of the war. The government does not have a genuine desire to expedite this process. It does not even pay the pensions of the war heroes who have been disabled. The pseudo patriots who are now shouting against the office of reparation did nothing to get the pensions of disabled soldiers. We demand that the reparation process must be expedited and all those who suffered in the conflict either from north or south should be compensated.
JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva also addressed the press.