'No trouble for NGOs'
The Government would not pressurize any INGOs or NGOs
functioning in Sri Lanka but only monitor them, National Secretariat for
Non Governmental Organization Director General and Media Center for
National Security Director General Lakshman Hulugalla said yesterday. He
made these observations at a ceremony held to announce the first ever
Sri Lankan volunteers selected by the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
to share their skills to fight poverty overseas.
The Director General also stated that there was a fear
among the organizations that special laws would be enacted in connection
with the NGOs and INGOs but the truth is otherwise and the Government
would allow those institutions to operate without giving any pressure on
them. He said the Government would monitor where they work, to whom they
cater and who are involved with them. He said that there were many NGOs
and INGOs operating in the North and East during the last two decades
when the forces fought against the terrorism in the country. He said the
Government's experience was that some of such institutions performed
their duties properly and some did not do so.
The Director General said that there are many
organizations coming from various countries and those organizations have
to be monitored.
He said Sri Lanka is not a poor country and the
literacy level and the education level of the people are very high and
the organizations should be very responsible when they work with them.
Eight volunteers from Colombo, Kandy, Batticaloa and
Bandarawela districts have been selected to work in China, Papua New
Guinea, Indonesia and Ethiopia by the VSO. One volunteer has left to
Papua New Guinea for the service.
Courtesy - Daily news