The People’s Collective to Bring about Justice for the Victims of Disasters demanded that the Auditor General’s Department conduct an audit into the monetary and other aid given to the Government by foreign countries for the provision to the people of the country.
Chairman of the Collective, Attorney-at-Law Senaka Perera said that the Disaster Management Act, No. 13 of 2005, had been made ineffective by the Government.
He queried as to what the National Council for Disaster Management chaired by the President had done during the recent disasters, adding also that there were massive disparities in the distribution of aid.
Victims of disasters should get away from a beggarly mentality concerning the receiving of aid and understand that receiving aid is a right, he noted.
The Act provides for technical committees to prepare for disasters by monitoring the climate and weather, yet nothing of the sort was done by these technical committees and this is against the law, the Collective observed.
The Collective warned that they would take action to surround the Temple Trees if the Government failed to rectify the situation.
“Certain civil society organizations do not talk of the corruption on the part of the present Government. What former President Mahinda Rajapaksa did for the tsunami funds is being done now by the incumbent Government. Children’s education has suffered due to the disasters. Yet the Government is purchasing vehicles. The divisional secretaries are virtually useless and unhelpful when it comes to dealing with the aftermath of disasters,” the Collective mentioned.