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No Confidence in Politicians Voice of the People

No Confidence in Politicians Voice of the People

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Published by: Thavam on Aug 25, 2013
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By Camelia Nathaniel-
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Wijayanthimala a housewife in DigiliyaI am a mother of five children. We are unable to survive in Digiliya and asthere are no employment opportunities in this area, my husband had to seek employment as a labourer inColombo.However my husband earns only around Rs 800 per day and since Rs 200 is deducted for food daily, hemanages to save around Rs 600.We have lost faith in all the politicians as they only come to visit these areas when the elections are at handbut once they have got our votes, we never see the colour of them and our issues are all forgotten. As my children are of school going age, they have to study at night and we need around a bottle of Kerosene oil per week to light a lamp for them to study. We have no electricity or water and we are facinggrave difficulties as we have to travel for miles to obtain safe drinking water. We have told the authoritiesbut no one seems to care about our grievances.We are fed up with all these politicians and this time we will not vote for anyone. What’s the point in votingfor them as these people don’t do anything for us?
P. Senanayake from RawalaI am a milk farmer and we carry on our industry with the greatest difficulty.We have to spend around Rs 45 to Rs 50 to produce a litre of milk while having to spend for the upkeep of these animals, their vaccines and treatment, food, etc. After having faced all these difficulties when we give
the milk to Milco, they come back a day later and inform us that they are unable to pay us as the milk wassubstandard.This situation leaves us in a bad state as we then cannot bear the losses. There has to be a way of testingthe milk before they take the milk from us to ensure that we provide them with the proper quality milk.Otherwise we don’t know what happens to our milk as we simply have to believe them.We collectively have around 400 cows within our “Suhada Milk Farmers’ Society” while we collectivelyproduce around 400 to 500 litres of milk per day. Each cow, if fed and maintained properly, can yieldaround 15 to 20 litres of milk daily; but it costs to keep them healthy. However we also have to seek second job to keep our families fed as this industry alone cannot sustain our families. There is just one veterinarysurgeon for the whole 82 Grama Niladhari divisions and two animal development advisors.The government has provided several graduates for the area but they are clueless about farming practicesand unable even to recognise the varieties of cows. We have to teach them rather than obtaining advicefrom them.Just as the elections get closer the officers and all the politicians come to the area and promise us the sunand the moon. However when the elections are over and they have reached their goals, that is the end of the whole story and our problems are no longer considered.We are really disgusted with all the politicians as all they do is somehow make money for themselves andthat is all that happens.—————————————————P.M. Sisira Kumara Ekanayake from HettipolaSince engaging in cultivation was not profitable for me I gave upfarming and have now embarked on a project making bricks. My wife has passed away and I had to takecare of my son, but due to the inability of the government to provide us a proper market for our vegetableproduce we could not find a proper market and we were losing heavily.The government only gave us the fertiliser at concessionary rates but we were drained by the cost of pesticides, etc. Therefore simply giving us the fertiliser was totally insufficient and the urea fertiliser thatwas given to us was also substandard.They even cheated us by offering us an insurance scheme; they only charged us for it but we did notreceive any benefits.The government has let us down badly and even the purchasing of our paddy was a total failure. Whoever we vote for there is not much of a change. My father and our whole family were ardent UPFA supportersbut they are all disgruntled now as a result of the actions of the government.

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