Plight of Podiappuhami
I met K.D.Podiappuhamy of Galwala Rd, Pothanegama, Anuradhapura near
the Tissa Wewa bund, a national treasure of 99 years old. This poor
man has worked for 21 years at Archeology Department Anuradhapura and
Nagara Sabahwa Anuradhapura and he had gone on pension in 1987. His
pension has been denied by clerks soliciting bribes and up to now he
has not received any money.
He had appealed to past Presidents and the present President and there
had been no responses to date. His application has been accepted then
as he should have been in a permanent role. Irrespective of his work
status it's a crime that he should be denied of his pension or some
sought of compensation, as this man is now dependent on his children
and propabaly will not live for long.
My own experience with Government departments in Anuradhapura(or any
other place) had been pathetic. The same old stucture, work ethics continues
and our Minister of Public Administration should be congratulated upon
maintaining the status quo. The letters get mis-placed, the Head of
the department rings the bell, the dumb Chief Clerk enters followed
by the dumb subject clerk and the rigid regimentalism continues, which
existed for the last 40 years, with inefficiency, ineffectiveness and
corruption. When will this country change it's work ethics, moving away
from the 19th century British regimental crap? Should Mahinda get involved
directly and bring about major changes or this is another letter published
which will go unnoticed.
Sri Lanka is muddled up to such an extent that it needs some foreign
expertise to bring about solid changes in every sphere, and the best
country to seek help would be Canada.
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