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