Saturday, May 6, 2017
Five days after the international ‘LABOUR DAY’ and A COMPUTER FOR EVERY GN
The international labour day was celebrated five days back and we read the ‘results’, saw the pictures of the meetings through the front pages of the Newspapers. Those were massive meetings. A lot of people were gathered at the meetings. I can say that politically that was an achievement. And according to the sources there were about 18 main rallies/meetings organized by different political parties and other social, workers’ councils or labour organizations. Let me send some applause for all the achievers and the organizers of the meetings.
And about four days after the meetings i got an opportunity to travel by Train from Nugegoda to Pinnawala for my daily business/ trade purposes. And the Train i traveled is almost abandoned though you can still use it for the purpose. That is one thing i noticed.
And dear friends and colleagues, i read today in order to purchase vehicles for six (06) ministers of certain ministries the estimated allocated (?) amount is 100 lakhs x 33.
The above, train is a property of people of Sri Lanka and is using for the daily travel purposes of the PUBLIC / PEOPLE. I do not know how much money requires purchasing a new ‘train’ from the neighbours or from somewhere else. According to statements released by the government from time to time, they have no money for various development projects.
I like to ask the President of the country, Sir, why the ministers of the government need that much of vehicles with luxury facilities to serve their people? Haven’t they given any official vehicles to travel from home to Parliament and from parliament to home, to their zones of electoral, to and from ministries?
And the other question i have for you all sirs and madams of political and otherwise parties is that ‘how much money did you really spend on ‘organizing the labour day meetings’? How much money did you really spend for the sake of the labourers (other than for the meeting)? Do you honestly think that you did something for the labouers on that particular day other than addressing them, sharing your views with them? Did you at least give them a cup of tea with a piece of cake for coming for the meetings from far away places, spending their own money, spending their day offs?
i am sure by now , you have calculated the money you all have spent for the occasion? In total how much? (If you get the amount each spent and multiply by 18 (rallies) you can get the total money / amount spent in Sri Lanka for the international Labor Day celebrations.
How about you world?
How did you use your international labour day funds?
Did you think of buying some face masks for those who work in the ‘cleaning sectors’? Eye pads, gloves?
Sorry to say sir,Prime Minister, i saw you wearing a face mask when you visit the meethotamulla garbage mountain, do you know sirs, madams that most of the workers or no workers using face masks when they attend their duties. When they come to collect garbage or when taking Lorries to dump garbage? (Both government and otherwise)
Do you interview a single labouerer to ask what they need? What they need to enhance their segments, areas of work, improve their quality of work, profession, and any other requirements?
Who interviewed them? Newspapers for sure.
And have you ever thought of providing a computer for your Grama Niladaries?
In this digital world we live, what can you do with ‘a no computer and a no internet connections’? We like to talk big but often we forget small things. There are small things that we can do to raise the level of efficiency in the sectors; grassroots level administration systems such as to improve the services provide by ‘Grama Niladari’s.
I think it is a rule that they must meet the Divisional secretary or the District secretary ‘once a week’ (Wednesdays) or once a month (?) and to gain or to collate information from the District offices or from the provincial offices they have to visit the office, Divisional secretariat or District Secretariat. Perhaps, they may use the telephone facilities to get certain information from their authorities / secretariats but other than that there is no system established that they can use ‘computers in their offices to communicate with upper level offices /authorities and who ever require their service must personally visit them and no other way to inform anything or receive any information, send any documents for example. Imagine a worker who lives and works in an area outside to his /her village and do not have time to visit them on a day that the GN is available? What other ways available for people like them to fulfill their requirements, official needs?
Imagine an organization is trying to do a survey on a certain matter that needs immediate attention or thinking of implementing a mechanism to solve an issue or to improve people’s lives, something that affects people’s lives. And if the relevant groups or officials (GN ‘s for examples) are busy with something else, is there a way that such groups like i mentioned earlier or any group outside to them can contact them easily other than through phones? Id there a way such groups can hand over / send any important documents to fasten process or to start their work on time?
Digital system or a computer system, a computer with an internet connection might help, is a solution for such, barriers or obstacles in providing a better service for the needy?
And if you think that you can sacrifice your car dreams for the sake of public, people invest or allocate that money estimated to buy vehicles for ministers either to purchase a train for us or to buy some computers for your Grama Niladaries. Foot path like to suggest.
If you do not try to minimize expenses or limit or stop unnecessary expenses you cannot achieve your targets.
Standing Ovation for those who used their funds and talents for the sake of the Labourers here and world wide.
May You Gain Wisdom!