Presidential Task Force to achieve goals set in “Discussion with the Village” programme.
Posted on April 11th, 2021

By Noor Nizam – Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researcher, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart, Convener “The Muslim Voice” and Member “Viyathmaga”, April 11`th., 2021.

This is a wonderful move by the President and a most effective way of implementing a “MONITORING SYSTEM” to follow-up on all decisions and instructions given by the president/taken at the Gama Samaga Pilisandara (Dialogue with the Village) meetings/discussions since put in place since the later part of 2020.

It is also a great opening of opportunities to the new young parliamentarians of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and PM Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government to directly get engaged with the “people” and make sure that the President’s “Policy decisions and Development Agendas” are carried out/implemented by the government officials/government institutions and all public servants from Grama Niladharis (Grama Sevakas) level to Ministry Secretaries.

Since the implementation of the “Gamasamaga Pilisandara (Dialogue with the Village) was launched, the undersigned had advocated through many comments, the need for such a “monitoring set-up” in order to make the decisions “proactive” and as a tool to weed out the “BLUFFS” many of the Government Servants and public officials tell the president during these gatherings/meetings to “COVER-UP” the “REAL ISSUES” of the people of the villages, the livewire of our “SOCIO-ECONOMIC and SOCIAL NETWORK” of our “maathruboomiya”. They are the humble voters who voted President Gatabaya Rajapaksa and this government to power in November 2019, Presidential Elections and the General Elections in August 2020.

While this Political administrative machinery has been set-up, it is necessary that objectives are achieved both administratively and politically at the village level. The said Task Force should set-up a “Monitoring Center”, Digitize all data of the problems presented and solutions suggested/decided by the President at all the gatherings that had taken place already and will be taking place in the future and “CODIFI” them in a “DATABASE” with detailed information professionally, with name of village, district, name of government servant/officials present, the departments and satutory boards answerable for the issues raised, instructions given and “REMEDIES EXPECTED” by the President and the timeline and target dates issued for completion.

This will help the President’s team of young politicians led by Hon. Namal Rajapaksa to properly “FOLLOW THROUGH” and maintain a track record of the progress being made. By doing so, “NO” government servant/public servant can “FALL BACK” on his responsibilities or “BLUFF” the President and the Government and or “DEPRIVE” the poor masses of the solutions they had “CRIED OUT” at these “Gamasamaga Pilisandara” meetings/discussions/gatherings for which the President had given/provided resolutions.

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