Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran has kicked up a row by criticising Governor Reginald Cooray for holding a meeting on Jaffna city development scheme without consulting him, The Hindu newspaper reported.
Wigneswaran, while addressing a meeting organised by a non-governmental organisation, said the Provincial Council had been discussing the scheme with the authorities concerned for the last one year. “Without ascertaining the status of the discussion, the Governor has convened a meeting,” the Chief Minister said.
Cooray, when asked for his reaction, told The Hindu that he invited Members of Parliament from Jaffna, the Chief Minister, his Ministers and all other stakeholders. “My intention is to expedite development work as I feel the speed of development activity is not satisfactory.”
He also clarified that the meeting was meant only for consultation. “It was not for executing any order or implementing something that was already decided upon.” He termed the meeting as “very successful” and added that a committee would be set up to chalk out land use pattern in Jaffna.
Wigneswaran also took on NGOs, voluntary organisations and foreign agencies for seeking to implement several of their schemes in the Province either under the guidance of the Central government or with the Centre’s permission, without taking into confidence the provincial administration. (Colombo Gazette)