The main parliamentary opposition has announced an initiative known as the “National Victims’ Restitution Programme”, aimed at addressing alleged losses suffered by citizens during the current government’s term (2020-2025) due to perceived ethnic and political discrimination. Making the disclosure today, was A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) Member of Parliament (MP), Ganesh Mahipaul.

The MP revealed the details of the program, asserting that it would encompass various forms of restitution, such as monetary compensation, tangible assistance, and the creation of new opportunities. He said that the coalition envisions the implementation of this program within the first 100 days should the party return to power.

“The programme’s aim is to compensate citizens who, during the PPP’s term of office from 2020 to 2025, lost land, property, jobs and employment benefits, contracts, permits, scholarships and other opportunities as victims of ethnic, religious, and political discrimination by the PPP government at the local and central levels. Restitution can be monetary, in kind, or in the form of new benefits and opportunities,” Mahipaul explained.

He also registered concerns regarding the transparency and inclusivity of a recently established Commission of Inquiry into the Mahdia dormitory fire, which claimed the lives of twenty children. He expressed apprehensions over the government’s handling of the commission’s establishment, citing a perceived lack of stakeholder involvement.


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