The spat between the Government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) intensified last week after both parties levelled allegations on issues pertaining to the controversial 65,000 housing scheme for war affected people.

The TNA alleged that the Government had not considered the preference of the beneficiaries when providing permanent houses for the people affected by the war.
TNA Parliamentarian, M.A. Sumanthiran speaking to Nation accused the Ministry of Resettlement of adopting a disorganized approach in selecting the beneficiaries to provide permanent houses.

“The Government has to ask the people whether they need a metal house or a house built with brick and mortar. The people have the right to decide,” he said
In addition, Sumanthiran alleged that the Government had not followed the proper tender procedure for the houses to be built.

The Resettlement Ministry had published a list of beneficiaries who would be given permanent houses through the 65,000 houses project. However, the said project has been marred with controversy since they were constructed using steel.

The allegation comes following allegations  made  by  Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, D.M. Swaminathan that the TNA and the Chief Minister of Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran were being an obstacle for development in the North.

Swaminathan alleged that the TNA and the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) had failed to address the needs of the people but had opposed every developmental activity in the region.