26 January 2013
The government has withdrawn over Rs 560 million worth of funds ear marked for development in the TNA controlled Northern Province, reports the Sunday Times.
According to Jaffna's Local Government Assistant Commissioner S Jeyaharan, the directive to withdraw the funds came from the Ministry of Local Government.
M K Sivajilingam said:
“They do not want us to spend these funds for development work because they fear we will win votes at the Provincial Council elections. Whatever happens, the people know we represent them,”
He went on to point out that councils controlled by the government's paramilitary group - EPDP, did not have their funds withdrawn.
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