P-TOMS - be firm and go ahead
The President should be congratulated for the very bold and firm
decision to go ahead with the implementation of the Joint Mechanism
(P-TOMS) despite protest demonstrations and fasts unto death and at the
risk of the defeat of the government. The President should now go ahead
to implement this mechanism with the least delay. The programme for
rehabilitation and reconstruction not only in the North and East but
also in the South has been severely affected by the much needed foreign
aid being held back. This is a humanitarian issue, and politics should
be completely kept out.
All the major political parties should set aside their differences
for the time being and refrain from attacking or criticizing each other
and go all out to support the mechanism and not allow pressure groups or
extremists to block this programme in any way.
There is absolutely no need to go to Parliament for approval prior to
signing the agreement. This will be another delaying tactic. This
mechanism should also be a stepping stone towards achieving a lasting
political solution and peace, harmony and stability. The country just
cannot afford to go back to war.
Chauvinism, whether Sinhala or Tamil should be completely wiped out.
The need is great. We cannot afford to delay this process any longer.
NIMAL BHARETI - Mount Lavinia
We have seen the nation having a decision-making President in the
country. Her bold decision on Post-Tsunami Operational Management
Structure (P-TOMS) is the first step but a giant step in the road to
peace in the country. Had our earlier leaders taken this bold step today
the country would have surpassed the development of Japan. This is a
problem faced by two linguistic people of this country i.e. Sinhala and
Tamil speaking communities.
There is no religious entity for communities to request for their
domination in P-TOMS Council. In Sri Lanka Muslims speak either Tamil or
Sinhala as their mother tongue. Further, it is only a re-construction
process mechanism envisaged to rebuild the Tsunami-affected areas of Sri
Lanka. P-TOMS has the support of more than 85% of the population (UPFA,
UNP and TNA).
The President has taken a right decision to appease the majority and
primarily has taken the nation into her heart. It is not selling,
betraying or dividing the country.
A boneless tongue could be twisted to create chaos in the country.
Who are the opposing sections in the community. They are the minority
party who were elected purely due to the proportional representation
provided in the election law.
If not for this, none of the minority parties would be in parliament
today and there would not be such an outburst by few people born after
the introduction of Sinhala Only policy in the country who do not know
any other language other than the two national languages. This lot
cannot understand much of the history of this country and the united Sri
Lanka we had prior to the implementation of Sinhala Only policy.
Most of the parliamentarians were then educated in colleges in Jaffna
without any differences or bias in their minds.
Today due to the advancement of technology and communication,
specially internet and e-mail, all citizens in Sri Lanka tend to learn
English and without English they feel approach to world communication
and acquiring knowledge through internet is lost. Computer eagerness is
making the divided Sinhala and Tamil speaking linguistic citizens to
understand each other.
In towns and cities parents are sending their children to computer
classes, since they know without computer knowledge there is no future
for the children.
In another ten years, in my view, the problem of this country would
be solved automatically since you will find more people speaking or
learning English and would give step-motherly treatment to Sinhala and
Tamil lanugages. When you analyze the P-TOMS Council, it has focused a
The citizens of this country should understand the decision of
President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga as the correct decision to
the uplift of this country. The President had done this without any
expectation sacrificing her political future for the betterment of the
future generation. She is worth to be considered for a Nobel Prize for
Peace for 2005.
KARALASINGAM SIVALINGAM - Nugegoda
I think as a Tamil person I owe to congratulate honourable President
of Sri Lanka in coming forward and signing the P-TOMS (Joint Mechanism
of Tsunami aid).
She has shown tremendous courage in fighting off oppositon and have
taken a step in the right direction to give peace to our land.
Once again thank you and I call on everyone to follow our leader's
path in showing guts and remarkable courage in order to restore our
beautiful land in the middle of the Indian ocean.
N. EASWARAPADCHAM - New Zealand
Maintenance of rules of action established by the authority is vital
if the country is to move forward without any restrictions. Breaking
this system adversely affects the country thereby escalating the number
of crimes and civil disobediences as well as bribery and corruption. The
judiciary is the only establishment which is responsible to try and
decide questions of law or guiltiness. All law-abiding citizens in our
country respect this excellent body with a view to encourage them to
discharge their duty impartially.
In accordance with the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist
Republic of Sri Lanka, the position of the Chief Justice is very
important as he has to be responsible for the entire function of the
judiciary and magistrates. As such all decent citizens in the country
must respect him by demonstrating their confidence of the judiciary in
However the law-breakers as well as hired media personel condemn the
Judiciary including the Chief Justice thereby attempting to make the
decent people scoff at that excellent position with a view to gain petty
political advantages. One of the most significant reasons for this to
happen is the fact that those who are scared for their pending trials
want to destabilize the smoothly running judiciary system in a bid to
obtain sentences biased to them.
It is evident that if this ill-fated exercise continues furthermore
the confidence, trust and respect of the judiciary built by the ordinary
people will no longer prevail. Therefore, in order to protect the
judiciary from heinous attack, those who are responsible for this type
of acts must be punished no sooner for the future prospect of the
UPALI KALUARACHCHI - Ingiriya
When UN agencies like UNICEF and WHO plan intervention for supply of
safe drinking water in a developing country, decision making is based
1. Percentage of urban population, current and projected.
2. Distribution of normally drought affected non-urban areas.
3. Areas where water borne diseases are endemic.
This is the sane, non-commercial approach to water supply current in
modern, urban and country planning, the Chairman of the NWS and Board
declares categorically that "only 29% of the population has pipeborne
water and the balance 71% has to be supplied accordingly."
This philosophy has obviously resulted in the costly and widely
scattered infrastructure and resultant overheads that the Board is now
attempting to load on its genuine domestic consumers who have no
alternative source of water.
Spending, according to the Chairman, "collosal amounts of money to
purify water taken from rivers and lakes, construction of purification
plants and laying networks of pipes for distribution of water and
electricity for pumping" will not be necessary if the UN targets for
safe drinking water are used as guidelines and not clumsy attempts to
cover the entire country with Water Board Pipelines in a monstrous
hybridization of commercialism and imbecility.
Estimates of water needs of a clean, healthy, household of six
individuals is closer to 40 units/month than to the figure of 15
units/month given by the Board for its poverty trap. This on the new
tariff will cost about Rs. 1500/month, whereas most households in this
category have a monthly income of only about Rs. 6000/month. This is a
vivid exposure of poverty creation because having spent one quarter of
its income on water such households will be driven to slow starvation.
NW/Maho/Giri/Rajanganaya Tract - 03, Dharmasoka Kanishta Vidyalaya is
a school belonging to Maho educational zone of the Kurunegala District.
It's also a difficult area school that produces students with best
results at Year 5 scholarship examination every year. For the present,
there are classes from Grade 1 to 10 and approval has been given to
conduct classes up to ordinary level. But, the students have to face
severe difficulties in carrying on with their studies due to lack of
At present, there are only two halls and a makeshift classroom made
by PTA of the school and this space is not at all sufficient for
students. As a result, students have to study under the trees.
Although a request for a new hall has been made several times, the
relevant authorities have not taken action in this regard. Therefore,
it's their duty to consider this and provide the school with necessary
L. W. GAMINI C. KUMARA - Colombo
Central Road in a mess
This is the road that most of the buses enter to come to Colombo but
since a month or more, daily, there is a big traffic block starting from
near the clocktower, sometimes the block starts even from the colour
lights at Armour Street.
The main cause for this traffic block is that in the middle of
Central Road it has been dug for the lying of pipelines and after lying
of pipelines the huge holes on the road has not been properly closed,
the road is in a state of mess, full of holes, mud and water, thus
preventing buses and other vehicles running smoothly.
I am travelling from Kandana, it takes only half an hour for the bus
to reach Colombo, but it takes another half an hour for the bus to reach
the Pettah Bus stand from Central Road (only one halt) due to the block
at Central Road and due to this we are daily late at office. I request
the authorities concerned to take the necessary steps to immediately
repair the road which is used by many bus routes coming to Colombo.
Rossana Saram - Kandana