Easter at­tack: Op­po­si­tion to quiz CB of­fi­cials on com­pen­sa­tion

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY LAHIRU POTHMULLA

Prime Min­is­ter Ranil Wick­remesinghe in par­lia­ment last week spoke of a plan to com­pen­sate vic­tims of the April 21 at­tacks by his of­fice

The Op­po­si­tion yes­ter­day said it would meet the Cen­tral Bank (CB) of­fi­cials next week to discuss the pay­ment of com­pen­sa­tion to vic­tims of the Easter Sun­day at­tacks. They were tak­ing this step as no re­sponse had been re­ceived from the gov­ern­ment about how they are go­ing to un­der­take the process.

UPFA MP Ban­dula Gu­nawar­dana said they would re­quest the CB of­fi­cials to put for­ward a prac­ti­cal mech­a­nism to com­pen­sate the vic­tims and the in­dus­tri­al­ists who are af­fected as a re­sult of the down­turn in the econ­omy in the af­ter­math of the at­tacks.

“Prime Min­is­ter Ranil Wick­remesinghe in par­lia­ment last week spoke of a plan to com­pen­sate vic­tims of the April 21 at­tacks by his of­fice. We are still not aware whether such a step has been taken. We like to know the names of the of­fi­cials of this of­fice and its clear man­date. We re­quest the Premier to at least in­form the Car­di­nal in this re­gard since the Catholic com­mu­nity was deeply af­fected by the at­tacks,” Gu­nawar­dana said speak­ing at a news brief­ing.

Mean­while, he said Fi­nance Min­is­ter Mangala Samaraweer­a failed to a make a state­ment in par­lia­ment last week over com­pen­sat­ing the vic­tims of the at­tacks. “He is in Matara try­ing to re­pair the dam­age done to his im­age as a re­sult of his ut­ter­ances,” he said.

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