Technological Integration

Digital Sri Lanka Framework

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Establish the “Lanka Central Network”

Blockchain developed Central Master Database for protection of state resources and citizens services and eliminate the need for multiple human points of contact that result in inefficiency and potential for corruption.

First we need to establish all what the state owns, as more unseen losses are happening in the country by plunderers of state resources. From timber, to lease cultivation lands and tenders, the state is having an unseen loss.

To help document workflows across the ministries, an additional subject can be introduced to state universities as the “Students State Contribution” where one subject of the student contributes his/her time to a project of the state.

This bring more inclusivity and accountability as the young people also then have a chance to contribute towards a digital Sri Lanka.

~ Saif Yusoof


Drone-Based Service and Facility Providing Platform

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We can cut cost of the traditional exercises carried by some of the government institutions by using centralized drone network. For example we can deploy drones for police patrols, costal inspections, wild life monitoring, traffic inspection, search and rescue, first response, surveillance and raid mission planing ext. This reduces operational costs, eliminate life threats to officials, digital video evidence and proofs. This increase the response time of the operations while maintaining the low operation cost. And as a country we can be ahead of time compared to other asian and western countries.
I can assist and provide technology which is yet to be experienced by Sri Lanka with five pending patents on drone technologies.
Hope you will realise the need of fusing the cost effective and new technologies for safety and also for the faster economic growth of my mother land.

~ Sankalpa De Silva


Control Road Traffic with High Tech

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Sri Lankans, especially in urban districts usually hampered by the daily traffic jams.
Usually people needs to bring their vehicles to the road very early in the day to reach to their offices or businesses.
Same goes for the students.

Sri Lankan roads are not yet fully developed in urban cities to coup with heavy traffic flows. This is due to poor road management and constructions.
Some roads are without pavements and crossings, so the people walk on the roads and cross from anywhere they wants.
Similarly the traffic system is not developed to auto lighting systems.

I’d like to suggest few things that can be taken up as a better improvements.
First we need to introduce mobile map apps to all the citizens, such as google maps, waze etc,.
People should make a habit to switch on the map when they start riding or driving. This will be the first base or the foundation we need.

Once people are used to it, we should bring in the tech specialist (from Googlemaps, waze etc) to allow traffic police systems to engage with them.
These tech teams should get the feedings from the roads and allow traffic police personals to divert their map with alternatives.
When the traffic is mounting in one main road, immediately figure out set of riders, drivers and provide an alternative route and divert them towards.
Those alternative route marking should happen in real-time and allow police personal to control this from their bases.

This will be an excellent method to control the traffic and allow the people to provide their full productive time to their relevant jobs.
Else most of the time, people spend their 30% of productive time on the roads.

Knowing that the road developments in urban districts are minimal this method will bring a significant success to the nation.

~ Asitha Kalinga Bulathsinghala


Accessible and convenient services from Government departments

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1. A unique ID number (similar to social security numbers) should be provided to every person at birth. That should be the unique identifier for that person until death. Biometric data should be included with this.

2. Every citizen should have a login to government services using the ID number, password. This system should be able to send text messages (or mobile notifications for better security) to the phone of the requester. Security of this service should be at the highest level with 2 step authentication.

3. All government departments should be a part of a wide government network connected through the same simple website.

4. Every government department (including the Inland Revenue) should provide all possible services online.

5. The progress of every request should be visible to the person submitting the request as the status of the application.

6. A Government Helpdesk should be setup with an automatic response system. E.g. When a citizen sends an email (or gives a phone call), an automated reply to the email with the reference number of the request should be sent. If it is a phone call, the reference number should be read out. That reference number should be quoted for further inquiries. Every help request should be followed up until resolved. There should be service levels for resolving issues (time periods)

7. The culture of government service has to improve. One example is responding to emails. At the moment, no one responds to emails and that is really disappointing.

This will reduce time spent on getting services from the government, reduce corruption and increase productivity.

Also will help reduce traffic as people do not need to travel to the city for every little thing.

~ Sulochana Bakmeewewa


Tourist Security Program

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In the past few years, we have seen lots of harassment on foreigners (e.g., husband murdered, the story of a foreign couple from Tangalle who struggled for hours in the night to get legal support for harassment, a foreign lady from Passekudah harassed by a gang, and a security personal asking another lady out at a hotel lobby, etc).

These stories were on social media and was too late when action was taken. It paints a very bad picture of our great hospitality as these incidents were posted on international travel pages.

We should introduce a mobile app called “Self Defense” or similar, owned by the defense ministry, and get foreigners to install just after arriving or before using their passport details. Through this, they can record and capture any incident, and complain through that app which will automatically sync with a government database. Similar to 119, these incidents should be monitored 24×7 for immediate action. The app should use devise location and camera directly to capture the incident for accuracy of the footage.

We can promote this on foreign travel youtube channels to educate foreigners about the special security measures taken to protect them, as safety and security are very vital when promoting tourism. It will motivate travelers to get the world’s best-secured travel experience.

We can  of course expand this for locals as well.

~ Pathum Kalubowila


Expert Committees to Make Road Maps for Ministries

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Every ministry should have an expert committee to make a road map for the next 5 years. Those should take into account the current projects, planned projects in near future, and new proposals while focus should be to evaluate all in regards to making government services more efficient, digitalized, people friendly, and minimize corruption.

These committees should be composed of a central committee with sub committees for all the departments of the relevant ministry. These sub committees should be represented by departmental authorities, technical experts, and trade union representatives. They should forward their suggestions to the central committee and the central committee should evaluate all and make the road map.

This needs to be prioritised and completed in at least 1 year.

~ S D P Madusanka


Executive Travel Bus

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As we know, every day morning we have huge traffic in colombo. Lot of private cars & jeeps came to city limits, sometimes three in one person in the car. So I hope we can do better Start Executive Travel Bus Services.

It means this bus have not conductors. Every passenger pay by credit card. When they come in to the bus, there is a card machine and they can decide their destination. 

Not only that, if they need to get breakfast, they should have a smart cafeteria inside the bus.

This service is most suitable for high-ranking office staff, so they will decide to stop using private vehicles.

~ Prageeth Kavinda


Establish a Central Ministry

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I propose to have a separate ministry or government office to control and monitor the projects, proposals, and performance of all ministries on quarterly or yearly basis. This will act as the ministry of ministries, and all processes and procedures will be monitored and supervised. A rating system or appreciation, or awarding process should be introduced in order to improve performance, effectiveness, and efficiency.

~ G M Sunith Kumar


Establish a Space Research Centre

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An advanced research centre focusing on Space, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Aeronautics, Astrobiology, Astrochemistry, Cosmology, and Planetary Science should be established while strengthening existing research institutes like Arthur. C. Clarke Institute of Modern Technologies.

For this, the assistance can be sought from Sri Lankan scientists/experts who work on relevant fields like Sarath Gunapala, Melonie Mahaarachchi (NASA JPL/ SpaceX), Asantha Cooray (UC Irvine), Chamath Palihapitiya (Virgin Galactic), Ray Jayawardhana (Cornell), Nalin Sanarasinha (PSI), Chandra Wickramasinghe (Buckingham), Hiranya Peiris (UCL) etc. By this, research and development of satellites, propulsion systems etc. can also be encouraged.

~ LPPM Pathirana