gets tax exemption from LTTE
Hardly ten days after the US re-classified the LTTE as a terrorist
organisation, Tamil guerrillas yesterday waived off tax for the
USAID to send in humanitarian assistance to the northern Jaffna
indirect intervention with the LTTE through Jaffna's Government
Agent S. Pathmanathan, The Sunday Times learns. The LTTE gave a
tax exemption yesterday for the USAID to transport educational goods
and fishing equipment to Karainagar after several months of 'indirect
LTTE does not levy tax on humanitarian assistance, the USAID was
facing difficulties as the US had banned the LTTE and could not
directly speak to it unlike other foreign organisations and NGOs
which seek LTTE permission to transport goods to the north.
A group of USAID
officers who were earlier in the peninsula studying the ground situation
refrained from directly contacting the LTTE as there was a possibility
of paying huge tax at the Omanthai checkpoint.
sent yesteday was valued at around Rs 1.6 million and included fishing
nets and education material to 20 schools in the area. Building
of a science lab, and reconstruction of schools which had been damaged
due to the war were part of the assistance programme.
For the first
time a USAID convoy transported the equipment along the A 9 road.