The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) informed that they were presently in talks and conducting discussions with all groups, especially ones representing professionals, opposing the Indo-Sri Lanka Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA), with regards to going for a joint programme and course of action to halt the ETCA.
JVP MP, Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa said that they were presently conducting awareness programmes at district level for professionals about the perils of going ahead with the ETCA.
The ETCA is a continuation of sorts of the Indo-Sri Lanka Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) and elsewhere we also have the Agreement on South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Preferential Trading Agreement (SAPTA) going on, he highlighted.
“Aside to raising the matter in the Parliament, we are conducting a series of seminars and conferences island-wide, which we commenced from Colombo. More than legal action, this is a political problem. We have yet to be given a draft of the ETCA. Through the ETCA, our entire economy is opened up to India and India’s labour force. The whole endeavour is symptomatic of India’s political interference, pressure and influence exerted on Sri Lanka,” he observed.