SL military enlists 50 Tamils for slave work in military-run farms in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Friday, 16 February 2018, 19:30 GMT]
The Jaffna commander of the occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka, Major General Dharshana Hettiarrachchi, on Thursday came with the false propaganda claiming that he was integrating fifty former LTTE members as a workforce in the armed forces of ‘Sri Lanka’. In reality, the SL military was employing the fifty Tamils for slave work in the military-run agriculture farms in the fertile lands, which it had seized from the uprooted people of Valikaamam North, informed sources in Jaffna said.

SL military recruitment of ex-LTTE members as farmworkers


The propaganda of enlisting Tamils to the SL military is nothing new.

The former regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa was trying to employ 1,000 Tamils in North through various deceptions and false propaganda.

As Eezham Tamils were not prepared to join the ranks of the SL military, and the SL military also not prepared treat them on par with the Sinhala soldiers, the Rajapaksa regime came with various deceptions.

But, 850 of such recruits managed to escape from the slave work.

Only a few of them, numbering between 100 and 150, still serve as slave workers and that too after the SL military providing loans to the families of the victims with conditional bonds attached to their continued ‘employment’.

In the meantime, 10,000 enslaved Tamils, branded as former LTTE members, are still employed as slave workers at military-run farms in Vanni.

When the democratically elected Northern Provincial Council demanded the Colombo government to hand over the operation of these farms to the NPC, the Colombo government, particularly SL President Maithiripala Sirisena initially agreed to the suggestion but didn't provide the funds necessary to transfer the employees to the provincial management. Instead, the SL Establishment came with the propaganda that the NPC was not capable of paying their salaries.

The reality was that the SL military, running the farms in the lands that should come under the civil administration of the NPC, was also competing with the war-affected Tamil farmers in the North in marketing the produce.

The operation of the farms has become a source of income to the military as well as serving its agenda of psyops and cultural genocide.

On Thursday, the SL military commander in Jaffna was claiming that the new 50 recruits could stay in their homes and work with the military.

There was also a deceptive talk of ‘non-military’ nature of the employees although they would be on military payroll with same ‘benefits’ as that of the soldiers.

The SL military is now dependent on slave workers from Ki'linochchi whom it has to transport to farms in Valikaamam, Jaffna, on a regular basis. As such, the latest ‘recruitment’ was also a move to save extra expenses of the military, informed sources further said.

SL military recruitment of ex-LTTE members as farmworkers


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