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Kandy International Film Festival An Innovative Addition to Performing Arts in Kandy

The first ever Kandy International Film Festival (KIFF) that lasted five consecutive days concluded on Sunday July 26th. The festival showed a total of 15 films from 11 countries including four films from Sri Lanka. The festival was ceremonially inaugurated on Thursday June 23rd evening at the Peradeniya University open air theatre, also known as the “Wala” that first became known to the Kandy public for staging Ediriweera Sarathchandra's classic plays Maname and Sinhabahu. The Opening film was director David Dusa's French film Fleurs Du Mal (Flowers of Evil). The chief guest was the Governor of the Central province Tikiri Kobbakaduwa.

Kandy International Film Festival (KIFF)In keeping with the international flavour of the festival the film itself was “international” in the full sense of the term. The film is French. Director Dusa has a Swedish, South African and French background. The story set in Paris-Tehran is described as a “rootless love story between Gecko, young and free, and Anahita, an Iranian woman in exile - tangled up in History and steeped in Internet.” In many ways the film captures the rapidly changing technology/internet driven world that we, especially the younger generation, live in today.

The general view of those who saw the inaugural film was that it was enjoyable good cinema. However, not everybody liked the idea of sitting on the hard terrace on the Peradeniya Campus “Wala” to watch the film. The Wala is fun when it is full to capacity and creates a charged and expectant atmosphere. On this occasion the attendance was only about 150.

In general films shown at the festival each attracted around 75 to 100, not a very big number. Nevertheless the organizers were quite upbeat. It was the first time that such a festival was held in Kandy, or for that matter anywhere in Sri Lanka. Perhaps, more pre-event publicity would have increased attendance. However, those who attended genuinely wanted to be a part of the festival and enjoyed the films and other events associated with it.

Every screening was followed by a discussion and question and answer session with the participation of somebody directly associated with the film. For example, following the screening of the film Aagayaa Pookal (the Tamil dubbed version of the original Sinhala film Akasa Kusum (Flowers of the Sky) Malini Fonseka who played a lead role in the film and its director Prasanna Vithanage as well as the KIFF co-founder cum chief organizer Sam Holt were present to comment and answer questions. Director Vithanage in answer to a question said that his goal in making the film was to say something meaningful about actors and actresses that contribute so much to the cinema. Malini Fonseka was asked whether she considered the story of the film to be autobiographical. She responded by saying that although it was not a portrayal of her life story, she felt a strong empathy for the main character. The festival programme also included several panel discussions on important aspects of cinema. As in the case of the films that were shown the panel discussions also attracted a small but enthusiastic audience and the discussions were uniformly of a high quality.

The organizers held a Gala Dinner to celebrate the inaugural KIFF. The highlight of the evening was the recognition of the veteran film actress Malini Fonseka with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her long years of outstanding service to Sri Lankan cinema.

Sam Holt, took breather from his busy schedule to sit down with me in his temporary command center to share his views and thoughts on the on-going festival. Sam who hails from Maine, USA also has a strong affinity towards Kandy where he had spend parts of his childhood and later as an adult.

During his many travels to Sri Lanka Sam produced two documentaries based around the pilgrimages in southern Sri Lanka and also ventured into bike tours that unfortunately folded after one 14-day tour due to the security situation at that time.

Commenting on the KIFF, Sam explained why Kandy was chosen as the location for the festival. Besides his strong connection to the city, Sam mentioned the high density of schools in the Kandy area, its central location and the fact that Kandy is listed as one of world heritage sites by the UNESCO made it the ideal location for this. Bevis Manathunge assisted him in this.

When I asked him about the vetting process that went into selecting the movies, Sam explained that they looked for movies released in 2010-11. Sam and his co-founders Ethan Higbee and Suba Sivakumaran reviewed movies that premiered at Rotterdam, Tribeca and the Sundance film festivals and looked for movies of South Asian focus or that dealt with issues relating to what Sri Lankans might be affected by. The original plan was to premier 20 movies divided equally into documentaries, Asian, International and Sri Lankan. Sam and his team sent out invitations calling for submissions in March for 30 movies and of that 15 were selected. Of this, four were Sri Lankan, five documentaries and six narratives. It's interesting to note that all the movies that were premiered at KIFF have an Asian component in them.

Commenting on the process to set up KIFF, Sam said that the biggest hurdle was getting the censorship board to approve the movies. The National Film Corporation facilitated this and all movies were cleared. His hope is that KIFF would prompt other such festivals in Sri Lanka in the future and the processes of getting to host this event would be relaxed. His other concern was the need for local sponsorships to sustain this venture. Sam believes the success of this year's KIFF would attract more local sponsors. He was also thankful to the Governor and Chief Minister of Central Province for their assistance and support.

Sam sees KIFF as the mere beginning of a much broader and longer term process to help develop the film industry in Sri Lanka. KIFF will return to Kandy next year and helpfully will become an annual event. He is exploring the possibility of having film workshops and training programmes for new entrants to the industry. Veteran film director and dramatist G D L Perera has generously offered the excellent facilities he has built in Karalliyadde a thirty-minute drive from Kandy town in a stunningly picturesque location bordering the Mahaveli and Victoria reservoir for such a programme. Sam Holt is especially keen to help develop more opportunities and avenues in this country for upcoming artists in all forms to express themselves.

Further information about KIFF can be found at
Ramitha Herath contributed to this article.

Kandy Nature Society invites you

Kandy Nature SocietyThe Kandy Nature Society (KNS), which was formed, recently invites nature lovers of Kandy to join them. The main objective of the society is to protect Kandy's environment and natural beauty. They are inviting people who can bring in fresh ideas and resources to improve and protect Kandy's natural environment. the nature. KNS wants to promote tree panting, and involve school children in activities such as art competitions, talks and seminars on the subject. KNS that currently has about forty members want to target school children in particular because it believes that the key to protection of the environment lies with the younger generation.

The founder of KNS Mohan Samarakoon says that many schools plead that they do not have time for activities that promote environmental awareness. He urges schools to have a more positive attitude on the issue. Those interested in knowing more about KNS should call (94) 81 2236 770 (94) 81 222 3591, Mobile: (94) 77 306 9851, 7 Rajapihilla Terrace, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

TrendEn Sets New Trend in Kandy Fashion Shopping

Joint partner Zeloni JayawardaneTrendEn, the latest addition to the selection of fashionable dress boutiques in Kandy was recently unveiled amidst a large gathering of business leaders by the mayor of Kandy Mr. Raja Pushpakumara and the proprietary partner of Sigiri Cinema, Katugastota Mrs. Dilini Weerasinghe.

Speaking at the opening, joint partner of TrendEn, Zeloni Jayawardane commented that this has been a lifelong dream of hers. She went on to add that one of the biggest obstacles she had to face trying to achieve her dream was convincing her husband that she could be both housewife as well as business woman without one affecting the other. She was able to win him over and how he is not only her biggest supporter in this venture, but also her business partner.

Given the limited space available for the boutique, Zeloni commented that it was quite a task for her and her interior designer Ms. Suwashini Weerasinghe to come-up with a décor that optimized the space and also provide a unique environment. The duo settled for a Black and White theme complemented with mirrors to make it look spacious.

When asked her target market, Zeloni replied that her current focus was on women and teens who are fashion conscious and are looking for something unique and trendy for a reasonable price.

TrendEn is strategically located in one of Kandy's top residential suburbs in Anniewatta opposite Nihal's Supper Market on George E de Silva Mawatha (Tel. 077-061-6738). The shop is open from 10.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. on weekdays and 10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Commercial Credit Opens Branch in Badulla

First customer Mrs. M. N. Faumida (second from left) hands over a deposit to Mrs. Fernando in the presence of Anil Manawadu (AGM) (left) and Mrs. Safaya Doole (Branch Manager).The Kandy-based finance company Commercial Credit recently opened its 6th branch in Badulla. The company that is over thirty years old, has acquired a reputation for being one of the most reliable in the business.

Chairman of Commercial Credit Mrs. Vagdevi Fernando says that the secret of success is delivering what it promises and never making promises that it cannot deliver. When in 1982 when people were loosing confidence in finance companies, Commercial Credit deposit base grew she says. The company also responds to individual customer needs and allows the liquidation of deposits prematurely when needed.

Mrs. Fernando won the Federation of Commerce and Industry Central Province Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2006.

Kandy Hospital to Have State-of-the-Art Cancer Centre

The Kandy General HospitalThe Kandy General (Teaching) Hospital (KGH) is to have a state-of-the art cancer care centre soon. The centre will be completed over the next three years at an estimated cost of Rs 550 million that will be raised in part from public contributions. The entire project will be modeled on the Kandy Eye Centre and the Nephrology Unit that were also built partly with funds raised from the public.

The KGH Hospital Committee under the leadership of its chairman Mohan Samarakoon has taken the initiative to support this project. The development of the Emergency Treatment Unit (ETU) that is popularly known as the Accident Ward was the first project that Mr. Samarakoon promoted when he joined the hospital committee a few years ago.

The KGH Committee which works as a support arm to the Hospital consists of representatives from the community appointed for a limited term by the Hospital Director. It has a long history going back to 1958 when the first committee took office. The late Dr. Nihal Karunarathne was one of the most eminent chairs the committee has ever had. He was primarily responsible for creating the Nephrology Unit of KGH at a cost of Rs 395m that would be worth more than double in current prices. The then Director of the hospital Dr. A M S Beligaswatta played a major role in that project.

Today the only full-fledged major cancer hospital is in Maharagama, a suburb of Colombo. It draws patients not only from Colombo but also from the rest of the country.

KGH attracts cancer patients from six provinces including those resident in the Eastern Province. The current facilities for treatment of cancer patents in KGH are far from satisfactory. It has two oncology wards and one medical ward and a small and under-equipped haematology ward. The hospital has no paediatric cancer ward. The hospital has a paediatric cancer surgeon but lacks the requisite theater and other facilities to provide a full service to patients. The 60-bed Cancer Home that is run as a non-profit by the NGO Kandy Cancer Society will be an integral part of the new facility. The goal of the new project is to fill the major gaps, upgrade facilities and integrate the now physically scattered services and provide a first rate service.

It is important to note that cancer, which is a chronic disease, is on the increase in the country in the context of an aging population. In 2008 11% of Sri Lanka's population was estimated to be over sixty five. By 2021 this is projected to rise to 17%. This means the demand for cancer treatment is bound to rise.

Mr. Samarakoon told The Kandy News that they have pledges from rich donors that will raise around Rs 100m to the project. He expects to collect around Rs 250m from the general public. The government has promised to contribute the balance in matching funds to make up the total sum of Rs 550m required.

Readers’ Views

A Cleaner Kandy

Kandy garbageI was very interested in the news item of your June issue, which gave the welcome news of a concerted garbage disposal campaign launched on the initiative of the enthusiastic current Mayor Mr. Raja Pushpakumara and the equally enthusiastic Municipal Commissioner Mr. Chandana Tennekoon. According to your correspondent “now piles of uncollected garbage are not seen (in town).” Unfortunately, after buying your paper, on returning home to my home at 107 Anniewatta Road it was clear to me that the campaign, that may keep the town clean, had not reached our area.

The picture shows the piles of uncollected garbage deposited just opposite my front wall adjoining the main road. This is a feature that has prevailed for many years. I have written numerous letters to the KMC to no avail. In desperation I wrote to the Deputy Inspector General of the Central Province at the height of the Dengue epidemic. In response the police erected a “No Garbage Dumping” notice but people have completely ignored it. Of curse the “law” is not enforced against violators.

I make the following suggestions as a sustainable solution to the problem:

1. KMC should collect garbage more frequently from residential areas and not just from the town center
2. The KMC must collect garbage from households on by-lanes and not limit the service to those on the main roads.
3. Police must make an effort to apprehend and prosecute those who throw garbage on roadside in violation of the law.

Dr. Mark Amerasinghe
Former Orthopaedic Surgeon, Kandy Hospital,
107, Anniewatta Road, Kandy


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Kandy Roads Improved to Ease Traffic Congestion

After years of discussion and several studies and reports some action is being taken to ease the traffic congestion in Kandy by widening a few key roads and adding pathways, overhead bridges and underpasses to improve connectivity for pedestrian traffic.

The official body responsible for this programme of work is the recently formed Kandy City Development Committee under the leadership of Sports Minister and Kandy District parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage. Last January work commenced to make Gopallawa Mawatha a four-lane road. When the Gannoruwa Road from Getembe to Peradeniya was widenend last year making it a four-lane road, the last three-quarters of a kilometer towards Peradeniya was left out because of opposition from shop-owners who refused to move from the state land that they occupied, mostly without a proper legal basis. Now the illegal structures are being demolished to complete the road widening up to the Peradeniya town.

Next on the plan is to remove the row of shops built on railway land between the Kandy-Matale Railway track and the main road from the Railway Station to the Ismail clock tower. Until these shops came up around thirty years ago this land was a flower garden that the Railway Department maintained adding to the beauty of the town. The new plan will use the land that the shops have occupied to widen the road. A pedestrian walk will be constructed on the other side of the railway track. The current shopkeepers will be provided alternative premises in a location close to the Ceylon Electricity Board.

An overhead pedestrian bridge will be constructed from the Kandy General Hospital main entrance to Peradeniya Road near Girls' High School with connections to both the railway station as well as the Good Shed bus station.

A pedestrian underpass connecting the Central Market to a point beyond the Kandy Police station towards Pushpadana Girls College is to be constructed with an exit halfway near Mallika Studio.

One of the more ambitious and radical proposals is to construct an overhead bypass road joining Louis Peiris Mawatha near Dharmaraja College to Mahamaya Mawatha passing the Garden Club. The goal is to ease the traffic congestion on the Kandy Lake Road and have a bypass for traffic moving from Digana to Peradeniya to avoid the town area and directly connect to Gopallawa Mawatha. The idea is more economical than the underground tunnel that was proposed earlier for more or less the same purpose. At prevailing prices one meter of underground tunneling will cost around Rs 1.5 million. An overpass is much cheaper to build. However, it is not clear whether the proposal has adequately taken into consideration the environmental and aesthetic impact of such a concrete structure that will be constructed in one of the most beautiful parts of the town close to the Lake.

The Urban Development Authority (UDA) and the Road Development Authority (RDA) are the two lead state agencies for these projects.

කර්මාන්ත සංවර්ධන මණ්ඩලයෙන් කුඩම්මාගේ සැලකිලි - පල්ලේකැලේ කර්මාන්ත කරුවෝ දොස් නගති
සේවාවන් සැපයීමට ආදායමක් නෑ  ජනපද අධිකාරි පවසයි

තම කර්මාන්ත පවත්වාගෙන යෑමට සහ වැඩි දියුණු කරගැනීමට උදව් කිරීම වෙනුවට නොයෙකුත් ආකාරයෙන් කෙණහිලිකම් කරන බවට කර්මාන්ත සංවර්ධන මණ්ඩලය :ෂෘඊ- පාලනය කරනු ලබන පල්ලේකැලේ කර්මාන්ත ජනපදයේ කර්මාන්ත කරුවෝ චෝදනා කරති. කිසිම අන්දමකින් තමන්ට සේවාවක් සපයා නැති බලධාරීන් මීට මාස දෙකකට පෙර එක් වරම තමන් විසින් ගෙවිය යුතු මාසික බදු කුළිය 40%කින් වැඩි කිරීම බලවත් අසාධාරණයක් ලෙස ඔවුහු පවසති.

“බදු ගිවිසුම් පත්තරයට අනුව කළ යුතු කිසිම නඩත්තුවක් මේ දක්වා කර නැති නිසා අපේ මුදල් යොදා එම කටයුතු කරගැනීමට අපට සිදුව තිඛෙනවා. ඊට අමතරව බැංකු ණයක් ලබා ගැනීමටවත්ල  අපේ නිෂ්පාදන අලෙවි කරගැනීමටවත්, තාක‍ෂණය වැඩිදියුණු කරගැනීමටවත් රජය විිසින් දිය යුතු කිසිම ආධාරයක් අපිට ලැබී නෑ. ඉතින් ඇයි අපි වැඩියෙන් ගෙවන්නේ” බොහෝ කර්මාන්ත කරුවෝ ප්‍රශ්න කරති.

“මේ කර්මාන්ත ජනපදයේ කිසිම පාරක් නඩත්තු කර නෑ. වැටක් තිබුණුත් රංචු පිටින් හරක් පිරිලා” ඔවුහු තම ස්ථාවරය තව දුරටත් සාධාරණීය කරති.

“අපට අලුත් කර්මාන්තයක් පටන් ගැනීමට හෝ තියෙන කර්මාන්තය වැඩි දියුණු කර ගැනීමට ඉඩ කඩක් ලබා ගැනීම  දවල් හීනයක් වෙලා තියෙනවා.  අවුරුදු ගණන් වසා ඇති ගොඩනැගිලි තිබුණත් නියම ක්‍රමයට ඉල්ලීමක් කර ඒවා ලබාගන්ට බෑ. තත්වය මෙසේ වුවත් “ඊධෂ”  එකට සහ “වෝට බෝඩි” එකට මෙහි ඇති ඉඩමුයි ගොඩනැගිලියි පවරා තියෙනවා” තවත් පිරිසක් බලවත් කලකිරීමෙන් පවසති.

ගෘහ භාණ්ඩ කර්මාන්තයක් පවත්වාගෙන යන ඩබ්ලිව්. එම්. ආර්. වීරසුරිය මහතා පවසා සිටියේ ඊටත් වඩා බරපතල ඛේදනීය අත්දැකීමකි. තම නිෂ්පාදන ප්‍රදර්ශනය කර තැබීම සදහා සුදුසු ගොඩනැගිල්ලක් කර්මාන්ත මණ්ඩල බල ධාරින්ගෙන් ලබාගැනීමට ඔහුට හැකි විය. මෙම ප්‍රදර්ශනාගාරය පටන්ගෙන ටික කාලයකට පසු එම ගොඩනැගිල්ල ආපසු බාරදෙන ලෙසට බලධාරින් ඔහුට බල කරන්නට විය. මෙම  බල කිරීමට හේතුව දේශපාලන කටයුතු සඳහා එම ගොඩනැගිල්ල යොදා ගැනීමට ඇති සැලැස්මක් බව විශ්වාස කටයුතු මාර්ගයකික් ඔහුට දැනගැනීමට හැකි විය. ඒ අනුව බල කිරීම් නොසලකා ප්‍රදර්ශනාගාරය පවත්වාගෙන යන අතරතුරේදි බලධාරින් විසින් සිය බලය උපයෝගි කරගෙන එම ස්ථානය දොරගුලු ලා වසා දමා ඇත.

“කර්මාන්ත මණ්ඩලය අපට සලකන්නේ මේ විදිහටයි. අධිකරණ නියෝගයක් නොමැතිව මෙසේ ස්ථානයක් වසා දැමීමට කර්මාන්ත  මණ්ඩලයට බලයක් නෑ. ඒ අනුව නීතිඥ උපදෙස් මත මා එම දොරගුලු  කඩා දැම්මා. මගේ බදු මුදලත් චෙක්පතකින් කර්මාන්ත මණ්ඩලයට යැව්වා. නමුත් ඒ අය භාර ගත්තේ නෑ” වීරසුරිය මහතා පැවසුයේ කල කිරීමත්, ජයග්‍රහණයත් මුසුවු සැනසිලි සුසුමක් හෙලමිනි.

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ කුඩා සහ මධ්‍යම පරිමාණයේ කර්මාන්ත නගා සිටුවීම සඳහා කර්මාන්ත සංවර්ධන මණ්ඩලය පිහිටුවනු ලැබුවේ 1962 වර්ෂයේදීය. මෙම මණ්ඩලය යටතේ දැනට කර්මාන්ත ජනපද 14ක් පවත්වාගෙන යනු ලැබේ. මහනුවර ආසන්නයේ පිහිටි පල්ලේකැලේ කර්මාන්ත ජනපදය එවැන්නකි. අක්කර 59කින් යුක්ත එම ජනපදය තුළ දැනට කර්මාන්ත 55ක් පවත්වාගෙන යනු ලැබේ. ප්ලාස්ටික්, ලී කර්මාන්ත, උළු නිෂ්පදන, බව්සර්,  විදුලි කේබල, ඇසුරුම් ද්‍රව්‍ය, මුද්‍රණ කටයුතු,  ඩොලමයිට්, එළවළු නිර්ජලීකරණය, ගිනි පෙට්ටි, ඇණ නිෂ්පාදනය, පැස්ටල් ඡඪක‍ නිෂ්පාදන,  ඉදි කරීම් නිෂ්පාදන, රෙදි නිෂ්පාදන වැනි කර්මාන්ත දැනට මෙහි ඇත. කර්මාන්ත වල ප්‍රමාණය අනුව සේවකයින් 5 සිට 50ක් පමණ දක්වා සේවය කරන මෙම ජනපදයෙන් 2000කට පමණ රැකියා ලැබී ඇත. මෙහි ඇති පහසුකම්, සම්පුර්ණ කරන ලද ගොඩනැගිලි, අඩක් සම්පුර්ණ වහලය නැති ගොඩනැගිලි සහ පර්චස් 40 බිම් කැබලි වශයෙන් තුන් ආකාරයකින් කර්මාන්ත කරුවන්ට බදු දී ඇති අතර කුළිය වශයෙන් මසකට රුපිල් 900ත් 4000ත් අතර මුදලක් ගෙවීමට ඔවුන්ට සිදුවී තිබිණ. 40%කින් වැඩි කර ඇත්තේ එම බදු මුදලයග

මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා කර්මාන්ත සංගම් සමුහයේ සභාපති සහ පෙන්ටියම් 2000 ස්ටේෂනරි (පුද්.) සමාගමේ සභාපති ජගත් දිසානායක මහතාගෙන් අපි විමසීමක් කළෙමු. ඔහු කියා සිටියේ කර්මාන්ත ආයතන බදු ගෙවිය යුතු බව තමා පිළිගන්නා නමුත් ගැටලු රැසකට මුහුණ පා ඇති මෙම කර්මාන්ත කරුවන්ගේ බදු කුළිය එක් වරම 40%කින් වැඩි කිරීම සාධාරණ නොවන බවය. බැංකු ණය ලබා ගැනීමට ඇති අපහසුව, වෙළද පොලේ පිරී ඇති චීන භාණ්ඩ නිසා ඇති වී තිඛෙන තරගකාරිත්වය, අසළ ඇති ඊධෂ කර්මාන්ත කරුවන් ගෙවන වැටුප් ප්‍රමාණ සහ සලසා ඇති පහසුකම් තමාට ලබාදීමට නොහැකි නිසා මතුවී ඇති ගැටළු වැනි ගැහැට රැසකට මෙම කර්මාන්ත කරුවෝ මුහුණ දී සිටිති. එසේම පසුගිය වසර ගණනාවක් මුලුලේම සාර්ථකවු කර්මාන්ත ගණන ඉතා අල්පයක් බව ඔහුගේ වැටහීමයි.

“මෙවැනි ගැටළුවලට ශ්‍රී ලංකාව පුරා ඇති කර්මාන්ත මණ්ඩලයේ සියලුම කර්මාන්ත ජනපදවල කර්මාන්ත කරුවන් මුහුණ පා තියෙනවා. බදු කුළිය එක් වරම වැඩි කිරීම වෙනුවට ටිකින් ටික වැඩි කිරීමයි කළ යුතුව තිබුනේ. වැඩි කළ බදු මුදල් ගෙවීමේදි සහනයක් ලබා දෙන ලෙස මා ඉතා ඕනෑකමින් රජයෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිනවා” දිසානායක මහතා කියා සිටියේය.

මෙම ගැටළු සහ චෝදනා සම්බන්ධයෙන් බලධාරින්ගේ ප්‍රතිචාරය දැන ගැනීමේ අරමුණින් අපි කාර්මික මණ්ඩලයේ පල්ලේකැලේ ජනපද අධිකාරී නන්දසිරි ගවරම්මාන මහතා සමග කතාකළෙමු. ගොඩනැගිලි සහ මාර්ග නඩත්තු කටයුතු  සම්බන්ධයෙන්  ගැටළු ඇති බව පිළිගත් ඔහු ඊට ප්‍රධාන හේතුව වශයෙන් දැක්වූයේ ප්‍රමාණවත් ආදායමක් මෙම කර්මාන්ත ජනපදයෙන් නොලැබීමයි.

“වර්ග අඩියකට රුපියල් 2.50ක කුළිය වශයෙන් දැනට ගෙවන බදු මුදල නිශ්චය කළේ මීට අවුරුදු 12කට කළිනුයි. රජයේ තක්සේරු දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව අද ගෙවිය යුතු කුළිය වර්ග අඩියකට රුපියල් 9.00 ලෙස තක්සේරු කළා. නමුත් කර්මාන්ත මණ්ඩලය එය අඩු කර වර්ග අඩියකට රුපියල් 3.50 වන විදිහට එක රුපියලකින් තමා බදු වැඩි කළේ. ඒකත් ගෙවන්නේ නැත්නම් නඩත්තු කටයුතු කරන්නේ කොහොමද ” කරුණු පැහැදිලි කරමින් ඔහු ප්‍රශ්න කළේය.

“අවුරුදු 12කට කළින් ගිනිපෙට්ටියක්  මේ අය විකුණුවේ ශත 75කට. අද එය රුපියල් 4.00කට විකුණනවා. නමුත් වැඩියෙන් බදු ගෙවන්න බෑ කියනවා. කර්මාන්ත කෙරෙන ගොඩනැගිලි ඇතුලේ යන්ත්‍ර සුත්‍ර තියෙනවාග මිනිස්සු වැඩ කරනවා. ඉතින් ඒවා අපට නඩත්තු කිරීම ප්‍රායෝගික නෑ. තම තමන්ට ඒවා කර ගන්න වෙනවාග ඒ වගේම මේ අය බොහෝ දෙනෙක් දැනට ඇති තත්වය හොදින් දැන ගෙන මේ පරිසරය තුළ වැඩ කරන්නට කැමති වෙලා තම කර්මාන්ත පටන් ගන්නේ. ඊට පස්සේ ඉල්ලීම් මතු කරනවා. ඒවා ලබාදීමට අදායමක්වත් හැකියාවක්වත් මෙතන නෑ.” ඔහු තව දුරටත් විස්තර කළේය.

දැනට ඇති කර්මාන්ත වැඩි දියුණු කිරීමට හෝ අලූත් කර්මාන්ත පටන් ගැනීමට ඉඩ කඩක් නැතිව තිබියදී විවිධ ආයතනවලට මෙම කර්මාන්ත ජනපදයේ ඉඩම් සහ ගොඩනැගිලි ලබා දුන්නේ මන්දැයි අප විසින් ප්‍රශ්න කරන ලදුව ඔහු පිළිතුරු දුන් ආකාරයට රජයේ තීරණයන් අනුව අසළ ඇති ඊධෂ ජනපදයට ඉඩම් සහ ගොඩනැගිලි කිහිපයකුත්, ඊට අමතරව ජල සැපයීම් හා ජලාපවහන මණ්ඩලයට ඔවුන්ගේ පොම්පාගාරය තිබු භූමියත් පවරා දීමට සිදුවිය.

මේ දෙකටම අදාල බිම් කොටස අක්කර 2.5 කට අඩු බව ඔහුගේ අනුමානය විය. තවත් බිම් කොටසක් ත්‍රිත්ව විද්‍යාලයේ ගොවි පළට විකූණු බවට මතුවන චෝදනා ප්‍රතිෙක‍ෂ්ප කළ ඔහු එම බිම් කොටස මහවැලි සංවර්ධන මණ්ඩලයට පවරා ගෙන කලක් ගතවී ඇති බව අපට පැහැදිලි කර දුන්නේය.

කෙසේ වෙතත් නොයෙකුත් මතිමතාන්තර, වාද විවාද, තර්ක විතර්ක වලට අමතරව කර්මාන්ත සංවර්ධන මණ්ඩලයත්, කර්මාන්ත කරුවනුත් අතර අනොන්‍ය සම්බන්ධතාවය බලවත්සේ පළුදූ වීමක් පැහැදිළිව දැකීමට ඇති හෙයින්, කාගේත් යහපත උදෙසා මේ පිළිබඳව ඉදිරියේදී තව දුරටත් විමර්ශනයක් කිරීමට “ද කැන්ඩි නිවුස්”  අදහස් කර ඇත.

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