Author Archive for By Garvin Karunaratne

Yes, We Can Create Employment and Production and end the economic meltdown.

Sunday, September 3rd, 2023

by Garvin Karunaratne My mind runs in nostaglia to three of my attempts at economic development in three countries, where in two where I failed and finally in the third I did succeed. The first was in Edinburgh where in 1980 I worked as a Senior Community Education Worker in Wester Hailes. One of my […]

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Eighteen Centuries ago, We built Yodha Ela on a gradient of ten centimeters in a kilometer- Today we are begging dollars on the streets of the entire World. Not for Long. We can bring about economic development

Friday, September 1st, 2023

Garvin Karunaratne  former GA Matara, Way back in 1963, as the Assistant Commissioner for Agrarian Services at Anuradhapura I presided over the Kanna Meeting of the KalaWeva-to Anuradhapura Tanks. It was the Yodha Ela that provided water to over a hundred tanks. It was a charged meeting where well over two hundred, were belligerent even […]

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The 1953 Hartal; A personal Experience: Garvin and Gunasena Galappatty on a BSA 250

Thursday, August 24th, 2023

Garvin Karunaratne Many recent Papers detailing details of the August 12, 1953 Hartal in nostaglia took me to my days at Arunachalam Hall at Peradeniya. It was the 11 th of August 1953 and we students had planned for a major a protest in Kandy on the next day. The Vice Chancellor had decided that […]

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Privatization: Who benefits?

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023

By Garvin Karunaratne In order to please the IMF that has promised to provide so some $ 3 billion in Aid, we are set to privatize our Assets. It is important to realize that with the Privatization we have lost our sovereignty, if what is privatized is essential for the survival of our country . […]

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Lack of irrigation water for paddy cultivation in August

Saturday, August 19th, 2023

Garvin Karunaratne My dabbling in agriculture in Sri Lanka, for eighteen long years as an administrative officer in agriculture tells me that August is always a dry month- a month for harvesting. February and August are dry months and the pattern of paddy cultivation had to be geared to that reality, which Mother Nature has […]

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Beg Peter and Pay Paul,  Import everything with dollars; Allow the rich to use dollars endless; . Where will it all end; The $ 56 billion Foreign Debt of the Gota Days will end at $ 75 billion!

Saturday, August 12th, 2023

Garvin Karunaratne former GA Matara 1971-1973 Can we stop imports and save dollars. Yes, We CAN. Let us talk from what we once did. Once when I worked in Nuwara Eliya a car loan of tomatoes purchased at Hanguranketa made my home a Cannery for a weekend and we made Tomatoe Sauce that lasted six […]

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Vocational Education has to be geared to make entrepreneurs

Thursday, August 10th, 2023

by Garvin Karunaratne Every country trains thousands in vocations and leave them with a certificate of competance. The lads and lassies who hold these certificates do not have the ability or the finance to open up ventures. Some end up driving three wheelers and every junction in Sri lanka has a horde of three wheelers. […]

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Welfare Programmes: Janasaviya, Samurdhi and now- Aswesuma- Ideas for Consideration

Thursday, July 27th, 2023

by Garvin Karunaratne We have seen two- the Janasaviya and Samurdhi in action and now are about to march further and have another- Aswesuma. I came to know the Janasaviya, when at the behest of Governor of the Central Province, Mr Imbulana I wrote out the Programme for the economic development of the Central Province. […]

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Our Peoples’ Prime Minister is for economic development

Friday, July 21st, 2023

by Garvin Karunaratne The Peoples’ Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at a Seed Distribution at Mawatagama rightly said We look forward to accomplishing the special goal of building the economy of the country”. In detail, the economic development of the country has to be with the farmers”. He has also emphasized that the next challenge is […]

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How the IMF took our leaders for a ride: What can be done today.

Saturday, July 1st, 2023

By Garvin Karunaratne. When Prime Minister Sirimavo lost the General Election in Sri Lanka in mid 1977, Sri Lanka did not have a foreign debt. During the time of Sirimavo and earlier, Sri Lanka got foreign loans on projects, where once the development project was completed the production brought about due to the completion of […]

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The IMF Role changes to improve the living standards of the people. Let us hope for a program that provides employment to the people and also makes what the nation needs.

Wednesday, June 28th, 2023

By Garvin Karunaratne former GA Matara The twitter statement made by Kristilina Georgina, the Managing Director of the IMF, quoted by Adaderana on 22/6 is to be admired. She said that I warmly welcomed the strong ownership by the Sri Lankan government to address current economic challenges. We are committed to support Sri Lanka’s economic […]

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Our beloved Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake

Saturday, June 17th, 2023

Garvin Karunaratne, former SLAS, I had assumed duties as the Additional Government Agent at Kegalla in 1967 and the first assignment given to me by the Government Agent, Maralanda was to meet the Hon Prime Minister every Saturday and Sunday at 9 AM at the Warakapola Rest House and be with him till dusk, accompanying […]

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Matara Rahula College Centenary

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023

by Garvin Karunaratne Rahula College, Matara, a secondary school made a notable contribution in the Divisional Council Development Programme(DDCP) of Sri Lanka(1970-1977) As the Government Agent of the District, I was in charge of implementing the DDCP in the Matara District and in order to commence a new industry I decided to try to make […]

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Colossus Philip Gunawardena shows us the way

Sunday, April 9th, 2023

By Garvin Karunaratne Half a century ago I was privileged to be one of the youngest lieutenants handpicked to implement the Paddy Lands Act, the magnificent piece of legislation devised by the visionary leader Hon Philip Gunawardena to allay all the ills of peasant agriculture in Sri Lanka.  It was a time when our country, […]

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Comrade Philip to rescue our economy.

Saturday, April 8th, 2023

by Garvin Karunaratne

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Sumnapala Dahanayake, An ideal Member of Parliament

Tuesday, April 4th, 2023

by Garvin Karunaratne, former SLAS. It was a very strange order coming from the Minister for Public Administration, Mr Felix Dias Bandaranayake, the de facto ruler of Sri Lanka in 1970. You can go on transfer as the Government Agent at Matara only if all members of parliament agree”. The order of the Hon Minister […]

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A production programme to make motor spares

Thursday, March 30th, 2023

by Garvin Karunaratne. It is said that eighty percent of our oil imports are consumed by motor vehicles.  Thus we have too many motor vehicles and the spares which we can make for them are many. It is time that Motor Car Dealers switch to making motor spares. My Paper tells it all. Half a […]

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Can we learn anything from South Africa?

Tuesday, March 28th, 2023

By Garvin Karunaratne Two of our senior Ministers have been to Africa to copy from them.  Is there anything to get from them. The answer comes from a Paper I wrote long ago which is :

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An Independent Central Bank:  Does it not clash with the sovereignty of the country?  

Monday, March 20th, 2023

by Garvin Karunaratne To my mind, the  Central Bank of any country is an integral part of the  sovereign country  and it is a ridiculous statement to talk of a Central Bank being independent of its  country.  It is actually the Central Bank of a country that has to perform the most important function of monetary policy-  what monetary policy can […]

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Norochicolai breaking again. Isn’t there a way out?

Monday, March 20th, 2023

by Garvin Karunaratne Norochicolai breaks down again. Is there no other way to produce our power. I enclose one of my Papers that tell us that we can have all our power we need within one year at less than the cost of one years supply of oil we use for power now. I am […]

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The Youth Self Employment Programme of Bangladesh, a Programme that has created three million youth entrepreneurs in four decades.

Monday, February 13th, 2023

By Garvin Karunaratne It all happened in the Bangladesh Secretariat, three days after General Ershard took over the country in a bloodless coup on the 24 th of March 1982. The Minister for Youth Development was clamped in prison and the work of the Ministry was in jeopardy. The third in command, Air Vice Marshall […]

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Paper from Illuk Grass. An idea I pursued two years ago. But the Mahinda –Gotabhaya juggernaught missed it then.  Ideas for our new President and Prime Minister

Thursday, February 9th, 2023

By Garvin Karunaratne  My craze for motoring in the forsaken neglected Sinhala areas where poor unequipped buddhist monks struggle to guide  the people  following the dictat of Lord Buddha: Charita Bhikkae Charikan Mahajana Hitaya, Sukhaya” took me this time to Sandamal Eliya, five miles before one reaches Tanmtirimale.   Tantirimale is a rock temple where there is a […]

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Way ahead for Lankan economy

Saturday, February 4th, 2023

By Garvin Karunaratne Perhaps what I wrote a year ago, if followed tells us the only way ahead.  Sri Lanka’s economy finds itself in a situation where one wonders whether the government has allowed it to drift. Perhaps, studying how countries have suffered and faced similar crises in the past may offer us some ideas. […]

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Sri lanka Scrambling for Dollars!

Friday, January 27th, 2023

By Garvin Karunaratne We are begging everyone for dollars today. Even the power cuts may be increased if we do not find dollars. We may even not have dollars to get our food supplies and medicines! It may surprise many to know how we are somehow not collecting the dollars we can legitimately collect without […]

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The Comilla Programme of Rural Development shows how we can develop our economy.

Monday, January 23rd, 2023

By Garvin Karunaratne The Comilla Programme of Rural Development was implemented in Bangladesh from 1960 to 1969 by a tri cornered effort of the Government of Bangladesh, The Agency for International Development of the United States of America and the Ford Foundation. The Agency for International Development of the US Government handed over the task […]

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Reducing the Army

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Director at Center for Global Poverty Alleviation Where would be without the Army?  Have we forgotten what the Army did to rid the country of the LTTE terrorism. Perhaps the Army could be given the task of economic development, like in the USA where the US Army attends to many tasks […]

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Let our cherished leader Hon Philip Gunawardena inspire us to end the economic meltdown.

Friday, December 23rd, 2022

By Dr Garvin Karunaratne As far back as 1937,Hon Philip Gunawardena mooted a Kelani Valley Development Scheme. It was in the days of our State Council- he made a special motion at the State Council meeting on 16/11/1937 , mooting the Kelani River Flood Management system  to save agricultural lands from severe floods. It was […]

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The SMOG and the never ending POWER CUTS

Friday, December 16th, 2022

by Garvin Karunaratne The SMOG kept us indoors for a few days and the never ending POWER CUTS have caused problems for the people as well as industrialists. Many a garment factory is closed. There has to be an end to this. As an administrator in the SLAS my work included building massive stores- the […]

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Building up our broken economy. Who can bell that cat?

Thursday, December 15th, 2022

By Garvin Karunaratne Our Central Bank chief has said that , with or without the IMF Sri Lanka needs to bring in reforms to correct the economy.”(Daily FT:15/12). Our President has pledged to build an economy that is free from debt.” Both aims are worthwhile and it is in the interest of a sovereign Sri […]

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Production oriented employment creation- poverty alleviation– What our budget lacks.

Saturday, December 3rd, 2022

By Garvin Karunaratne, former GA Matara This is what all budgets since 1978 lack. It is production oriented- to make everything that we imported, saving the foreign exchange the country has been spending to import and also in that process finding incomes for the people engaged in that pursuit- that is what is required to […]

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