Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran Says Money Sent by Tamil Diaspora has Caused Irreparable Damage to Society

dbsjeyaraja.com 11 02 2014

Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran Says Money Sent by Tamil Diaspora has Caused Irreparable Damage to Society

 Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has lamented that money sent by Tamil Diaspora has had a devastating impact on the lifestyles of Tamils here. The retired Supreme Court judge is of the view that foreign funds have caused irreparable damage to society, especially the student community. CM Wigneswaran was addressing a gathering at the annual Prize Giving and 60th Anniversary of Varani Central College last week. Those who had received political asylum overseas during the conflict had started sending money to their relatives living here, the CM said. Years back those striving for a good life had no option but to work hard but today money from abroad made things easier; it was spent on mobile phones, computers and Internet. Wigneswaran stressed the need for addressing social issues caused by the Diaspora money. Instead of studying hard, Tamil girls and boys had taken to watching movies, particularly those with sexual themes as well as violence and exchanging love messages via mobile phones, the Chief Minister said.

 The retired judge lashed out at those who had abandoned traditional value systems and embraced a new culture where the youth smoked, consumed alcohol, narcotics and even engaged in street fights. Those receiving easy money from abroad were of the opinion that they could achieve anything by throwing around money, CM Wigneswaran said, adding that the youth, both male and female, tended to offer money to law enforcement officers when they were nabbed for road accidents. Referring to Sinhalese boys and girls worshiping their parents and elders on auspicious days, Wigneswaran lamented that some Tamil youth abused their parents and teachers. The Chief Minister said that Tamils had worked extremely hard during those difficult days, primarily depending on education to secure a better life. But, today, the vast majority of Tamils were of the opinion that money from Diaspora would be enough to achieve whatever they desired, the Chief Minister said.

 Commenting on welfare measures implemented by successive governments, the Chief Minister emphasised that people should keep in mind that free books, uniforms as well as free meals might not be available in the future. He said the student community should be told what the country expected of them and the days when such facilities hadn’t been available. The Chief Minister said that people should realise that bad deeds would result in punishment in one’s lifetime and one would benefit from good deeds. Warning that no one could escape karma, the Chief Minister went on to recollect the fate of former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and Pakistan’s Musharaff.He said: “Our pupils must pause to think of lives led by our elders in the past; what has happened in politics; changes that have occurred in our lives and what will happen in the future if this continues.” The Chief Minister said that despite numerous difficulties, the NPC was working hard to improve the economy through self employment projects as well as cooperative activities and there was no point in the NPC’s work if the younger generation was only interested in migrating abroad or living on Diaspora money.