Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Friday asked
the Centre to pressurize the Sri Lankan government for the
rehabilitation of Tamils displaced in war, saying they were
leading a "pathetic life of subjugation."
"Lakhs of Tamils have perished during the recent war in
Sri Lanka and the remaining are leading a pathetic life of
subjugation in their homeland," Governor SS Barnala said in
his address to the Assembly.
"This government urges the Centre to impress upon the Sri
Lankan government the need for taking up immediate measures to
rehabilitate the Tamils in their own area," he said.
Soon after the AIADMK won the April 13 Assembly elections,
Jayalalithaa said India should impose economic sanctions on
Sri Lanka so that they take steps to mitigate the sufferings
of the Lankan Tamils and provide them "an honourable and
The governor also promised renovation of the Lankan Tamil
refugee camps in the state.
Besides providing necessary assistance for education of the
children of refugees, special employment training will also be
arranged, he added.
To ease traffic in Chennai, a mono rail project would be
implemented and integrated with the existing transport
system, Barnala said adding the government was also looking
into the possibility of introducing such project in
Coimbatore, Madurai and Tiruchirappalli.