Subject: Eradication of Dengue by enacting Laws and Bi-laws against the UDA
Posted on July 11th, 2011

R. George Manuelpillai, Former Assistant Director, Ministry of Planning and Economic AffairsColombo 05

R. George Manuelpillai,  CP Ag/SS  
JawathaGardens
Colombo 05

 July 11, 2011

Mr. N.K. Illankakoon
Inspector General of Police
York Street
Colombo

 Dear Sir,
Subject: Eradication of Dengue by enacting
Laws and Bi-laws against the UDA

                            The National Mosquito Eradication Week (NMEW) conducted by the Health Ministry, covering 305 MOH Divisions, revealed that more than 16,000 dengue breeding sites had been detected/identified, and over Rs.2.1 m in fines on mosquito breeders. The Health Ministry plans to take Legal action against all the mosquito breeder offenders under the Mosquito Breeding Control Act No.12 of 2007.  However,  no mention of the artificialponds, breeding mosquitoes, covering over thousands of acres,established by the Urban Development Authority (UDA), all over the country.

                 Moreover, theNMEW states that 488,841 premises were inspected and detected 121,640 places with high mosquito larvae. Furthermore, The Ministry of Health had also warned 258,268 persons to take adequate measures to destroy the mosquito breeding places.

                                However, the main offender behind the spread of Dengue disease is the Urban Development Authority (UDA), which Authority is mandated by law to reserve and/or acquire thousands of acres of valuable upland agricultural and/or industrial lands, as water catchment ponds to accommodate the storm waters/floods water collected in the different parts of the country, thereby assisting in the breeding of infectious mosquitoes.

                 The areas that are ponded by the UDA are massive, covering thousands of valuable agricultural and/or industrial land, as compared to those parties that are prosecuted by the Ministry of Health, the Divisional Secretaries and by the Gramma Niladaries in the Districts on a daily, day to day basis viz. house holders, schools, hospitals etc.The artificial ponds established by the UDA are not examined and/or commented on, for fear of antagonizing the Head of the UDA.

                 Please be reminded that these man made artificial water ponds serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes, flies and other disease  carrying microbes, causing dengue, malaria, chicken guinea, virus flue and other deadly infectious diseases, thus the UDA established ponds should be examined religiously.

                As an initial step, the Ministry of Healthshould be advised that it is their responsibility to enact Laws and Bi-Laws to eliminate and/or prohibit the UDA from acquiring valuable upland lands to create ponds, a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other infectious mosquito borne diseases.The UDA should be instructed and/or ordered by Judicial Legislation (by Law) to drain the excess water to the lowland areas, and then pumped into the sea. Abolish and/or prohibit by Law, the existence of any man-made artificial ponds in any part of the island.

                 Sir, in your acceptance speech you have quite rightly said that you do lament that the Police Department lacks discipline. I do object to that statement after hearing from high ranking Police Officers, that they are unable to execute their day to day duties with dignity, since there is tremendous Politicalinterferences, to enable them to carry out their rightful duties. If they do disobey the (present day)Politicians, then the OIC and or their higher up are liable to be transferred to remote areas, for carrying out their responsibilities in a dutiful manner. Incidentally, the Prime Minister too has stated that there are a few “ƒ”¹…”black sheep’ Politicians involved in the business of the Drug Trade.  So, the eradication of dengue too is a political issue, since the UDA is headed by the Defense Secretary, and no one dare challenge and/or confront him.

                 In Conclusion,  I write that the writer is addressing this letter to your- good- self, theInspector General of Police, to ensure that the Ministry of Health take religious effort to enact an Act in Parliament and/or through Cabinet Decision to prohibit the UDA from acquiring of valuable upland land to serve as storm drains/flood water ponds. Instead, the UDA be advised to drain the water to low lying areas, thereafter pumped into the sea.

 Soliciting your conceited effort in eliminating Dengue and other infectious diseases,

 Yours sincerely,

 R. George Manuelpillai

Former Assistant Director, Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs

 Attach: Letter addressed to Hon. Mitripala Sirisens, Minister of Health Affairs, dated Sep. 27, 2010

 CC: i. Minister of Health Affairs

      ii. National Dengue Strategic Planning Committee “”…”Irradiations Policy

A few incidents of note:

  1. The former Commander of the Armed Forces being judged, fined and sentenced to jail, by Junior Officers in rank, at the Military Tribunal.
  2. A Former Sri Lankan Cricket Captain, Kumar Sangakara has complained to the ICC, that the game of Cricketing in Sri Lanka too is being influenced by Politicians.
  3. Prof. Hoole spoke of Distinguished Alumni of St. John’s College had to sit in the second row, while the Army Personal occupied the front seat, at a Cricket Match.

One Response to “Subject: Eradication of Dengue by enacting Laws and Bi-laws against the UDA”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    George,

    The following racist/absurd allegations are worthless and serves no purpose. It totally dilutes the substance of your letter.

    1. “So, the eradication of dengue too is a political issue, since the UDA is headed by the Defense Secretary, and no one dare challenge and/or confront him.”

    This is rubbish. So many people with good intentions interact with him and there is absolutely no problem. For your information, he is not a politician and therefore this does not become a political issue!

    2. “In Conclusion, I write that the writer is addressing this letter to your- good- self, theInspector General of Police, to ensure that the Ministry of Health take religious effort to enact an Act in Parliament and/or through Cabinet Decision to prohibit the UDA from acquiring of valuable upland land to serve as storm drains/flood water ponds. Instead, the UDA be advised to drain the water to low lying areas, thereafter pumped into the sea.”

    This is such a racist rant not worth wasting any effort on. UDA must takeover ANY land it deems necessary and water bodies built (and naturally formed) in these lands can be inspected instead. I can see what you are coming at when you want to prevent the UDA from acquiring land. Don’t even think about it.

    3. These are totally irrelevant and absurd written with malice and racism.

    “1.The former Commander of the Armed Forces being judged, fined and sentenced to jail, by Junior Officers in rank, at the Military Tribunal.”

    There is no such legal requirement. It is just a practice. It is practically impossible to have serving army officers over 55 to judge a person 59 years of age. But that does not mean he is above the law. The Supreme Court upheld this!

    “2.A Former Sri Lankan Cricket Captain, Kumar Sangakara has complained to the ICC, that the game of Cricketing in Sri Lanka too is being influenced by Politicians.”

    No he didn’t. A speech at MCC is not a complaint at the ICC!

    “3.Prof. Hoole spoke of Distinguished Alumni of St. John’s College had to sit in the second row, while the Army Personal occupied the front seat, at a Cricket Match.”

    So what? That’s what he deserves and that’s what the Armed forces personnel who were SPECIAL INVITEES at that event deseve to sit. It was arranged by Christian brothers of the school after careful consideration. Cut your racism George. There is no place for such racist begging in Sri Lanka anymore. Stick to the point.

    And please use correct spelling of individual names when you write to them or refer to them! Mis-spelling names is disrespect and there is no excuse for that.

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