This year, 2015, can be considered as a historical year for Sri Lanka. We can see many “breaking news” in the media. For the people it is all about “new developments” in political scenario. If you go to workplaces, you can see how many hours being wasted for talking on politics and it is worth assessing “talking politics in office and productivity”. The middle class in Sri Lanka rarely get “entertainment” because of their busy lifestyle with “fast foods” and “cholesterol”.
Anyway, now this year they are getting most wanted entertainment frequently by watching “debates” on TV! But again we have to research the male-female TV watching ratio as I think it is husbands who are willing to get satisfaction by watching political debates than their wives.
For the upcoming polls government is willing to spend four billions Sri Lankan rupees. Anyway hours before the dissolution of Parliament the circular announcing the increase of pension for more than 300,000 retired public servants was signed. The pensioners should be really happy on this as who retired before 2006 will be getting pension increase of Rs.3,000 to Rs.10,000! Government has to spend 16 billion on this. Then Advanced Level Examination, one of the decisive exams again for Sri Lankan middle class also has been rescheduled.
Commissioner of Examinations WMNJ Pushpakumara said several dates of the GCE Advanced Level examination timetable scheduled for the month of August will be subject to change. Accordingly, the A/L exam which begins on the 4th of August will be held until the 13th of August. The General Election will be held on the 17th of August. Therefore, after the 13th of August, the A/L exam will recommence on the 24th of August and will continue until the 8th of September. There are many discourses emerging like “good governance”. But like India we need to have our own operational definition on this. See the following example.
“Senior bureaucrats will soon visit schools across the country regularly to interact with students and generate their interest in nation building, ethics and good governance. The combined initiative of the department of school education and literacy and department of personnel and training is inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Teacher’s Day address to the students on September 5 this year. Modi had suggested that doctors, engineers and civil servants, who wish to volunteer to teach select a school in their neighborhood and visit it to share their learning/experience.
“Under the program, aimed at strengthening the moral fabric of the nation by instituting a sense of pride in nation building and sensitizing the senior officers about the mindset and aspirations of the students, the officers can participate by volunteering to visit schools and share their perspective topics such as ethics, nation building, environment protection, development, good governance issues, etc. Special emphasis may be laid on involving officers who have done a foreign posting/training/exposure, in the program proposed to be called ‘Sampark’, ‘Rashtra Nirman’ or ‘Garv’.”
Source: Times of India
This is one example how you can balance some western concepts with the roots of your country of origin. And also you have to nurture this from very beginning with young generation.
Technically, Sri Lanka should hold general election on 2016 and presidential election also on the same year. But this country is full of mysteries and stories! The country needs discipline and a system which should not be disturbed by ad hoc decisions made by the administration. But one might argue there is a need for election because of the turbulent environment.
Who has created this? Is that the people or politicians? People of the country should understand the reality. There are many areas to be improved with sound planning. One example is addressing the issues in education in the country, as a Grade Two student brings a school bag of 4 kilos which lead many physical as well as mental problems for new generation! People and country should need to have a “vision” for at least 20 years which should not to be changed.