A multi-party parliamentary delegation that visited Sri Lankasubmitted a report today on the condition of ethnic Tamils to PrimeMinister Manmohan Singh, who said India will stand “solidlybehind” the minority community in their pursuit for apolitical settlement. The 13-member delegation, headed by Leader of Opposition in the LokSabha Sushma Swaraj, met Dr. Singh at Parliament House for over 45minutes during which they briefed about their five-day visit to SriLanka from April 16 to April 21 and the talks they held with thetop leadership besides interaction with the ethnic Tamils there. At the outset, Ms.
Swaraj told Dr. Singh that the umbrella Tamilgrouping of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had told the delegationthat they want “dignified rights and living conditions”for the minority community in a “unified” Sri Lanka. Submitting a report that has in detail their conclusions about thevisit, Ms. Swaraj told Dr. Singh that Sri Lankan President MahindaRajapksa needed to persuade the TNA to join a Select ParliamentaryCommittee to find a solution to “genuine” politicalgrievances of Tamils.
Dr. Singh spoke to every member of the delegation and listened totheir views and suggestions, sources said about the meeting duringwhich External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna, National SecurityAdviser Shivshankar Menon and Minister of State in PMO V.Narayanasamy were present. “The Prime Minister said the visit was timely and came at acrucial period of the bilateral ties,” Congress MP from TamilNadu Manicka Tagore, who was part of the delegation, told PTI. Girls Ballet Flats Shoes
Dr. Singh told the delegation that India was closely working withSri Lanka and “will stand solidly behind the Tamils,”Mr. Tagore said. 13th Amendment Ms. China Womens Casual Flat Shoes
Swaraj also emphasised that the 13th Amendment that envisagesdevolution of powers to Tamil-dominated North and East provincesneeds to be implemented. While TNA wants police and land powers to be vested with theprovincial government, the Sri Lankan Government is opposed to thesuggestion. Mr. Krishna said the delegation had “a very fruitful andconstructive visit” and “served a very useful purposeof conveying the entire country’s concerns about the problemsTamil speaking Sri Lankan citizens in the country (Sri Lanka) arefacing.” He said the government has gone through the report about the visitof the delegation. “We heard a report about their visit, their impressions,their perceptions about what needs to be done,” he said. China Girls Ballet Flats Shoes
The delegation, which interacted with a cross-section of displacedTamils and visited war-torn areas during the visit, told Dr. Singhthat Sri Lanka should take immediate steps to give back the landtaken away from Tamils during the peak of the 30-year-old civilwar. They also emphasised that the powers of Army needed to be reducedin civilian areas and members from the Tamil community inductedinto police force. Emphasising that development was visible in the East, which wastaken from the LTTE in 2005, the report said the government shouldmake more efforts to develop the north and conduct immediateelections.
The MPs told the Prime Minister that since there was a shortage ofteachers and doctors in Sri Lanka, professionals in those fieldsshould be sent to the country from Tamil Nadu. They also said journalists from India should visit Sri Lanka to getto know the conditions of Tamils.