“Appropriations of the Archaeological Department in the Northern Province, which are being accelerated recently, can no longer be tolerable. If the situation continues like this, the Archaeological Department will be sieged”, stated the Chairman of the Northern Provincial Council.
131st session of the Northern Provincial Council held yesterday. During this session, T.Raviharan, one of the Northern Provincial Councilors pointed out about the appropriations of the Archaeological Department in the Mullaitivu district. He further specifically pointed out that the Archaeological Department has the intent to establish Buddhist Vihara and to erect Buddha statue instead of doing the jobs that are supposed to be done by the Archaeological Department. Responding to the comments made by T.Raviharan, C.V.K.Sivanjanam, the Chairman of the Northern Provincial Council, stated the following;
Recent activities of the Archaeological Department have exceeded the tolerable limit. I have got to know that the Chief of the Archaeological Department is a monk. There will most probably be partialities in the activities of the Archaeological Department if a Buddhist monk is in the chief post in place of a civil servant for this particular post in this department.
Meanwhile, the activities of the Department of Wildlife have also exceeded the tolerable limit. Actions would be taken to take these issues by having considered the matters stated by T.Raviharan into the attention of both the President and Prime Minister.
They should take prompt action in this regard. We can no longer tolerate these issues. Members of the Northern Provincial Council will be forced to stage continuous protests by sieging the Archaeological Department if this situation continues. I have never stated the cautious statement ever before in this Provincial Council. However, we are in a state of speaking like this.