Top 100 Causes

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PayPal

There are many young entrepreneurs who are engaged in freelancing and online businesses in Sri Lanka, but there is no proper way of withdrawing their income to local bank accounts.

Paypal is the most convenient, safest, affordable, and best way of doing international transaction, and still Sri Lanka does not allow Paypal withdrawal to local bank accounts. We are only able to pay through Paypal.

This is one of the biggest prevailing need of online entrepreneurs. Allowing Paypal can boost international-level online business and will make higher economic contribution to the country. Many people keep themselves away from entering the online business due to withdrawal issues.

~ Niloshini Mallikarachchi

This cause was also suggested by:

~ K.H.Randika Piumal

~ Pmadnkulathunga

~ Randika Ujith Kumara

~ Piruthoushan

~ Ravindu Rasanga

~ Oshadi Jayalath

~ Thilina

~ Lahiru Pradeep

~ Dumindu

~ Sajith Edirisinghe

~ Ramith Dilshan

~ L.P.J Ekanayake

~ Shanaka Madhusanka

~ Thunhitiyawe Ananda

~ Chamal

~ Anuradha

 

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Everyone Should have the Opportunity to Attend a University

In the current competitive world, a bachelor’s degree is a must for a high-paying job. The only easy way for a child of a normal family to obtain a degree is to pass the A / L examination and get the opportunity to attend university. However, only a very limited number of students for a year get through the GCE Advanced Level examination and secure admission to universities. Higher education for a large number of people is stopped halfway through. However, it is the responsibility of the government to provide these students with the assistance of the government to obtain a degree in any field. Therefore, rather than staying home after A/L examinations, they should be directed to various vocational training institutions, state-run educational institutions, and degree programs relevant to their vocational skills.

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Measures to Prevent Railway Crossing Accidents

Nearly a thousand people have died in 2019 alone due to the unsecure railway crossing system. According to reports the highest number of deaths were reported from the Fort-Galle railway line. Furthermore, there are 822 unprotected railway crossings at present. As a solution to this issue of unprotected railway crossings, by using new technology a formal procedure can be developed. That is, by using GPS technology, we can prevent accidents by building a safe and secure railway crossing system.

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To Protect & Develop Corals in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s corals are faced with an imminent threat of destruction due to climate change, pollution, and illegal fishing methods. Plastic and polythene waste poses a great threat to the marine environment. Due to this, 90 percent of corals in Sri Lankan waters are already dead, and the remaining 10 percent would also be lost in another 10 years. Coral reefs provide homes and nursery grounds for many fish species. Due to this damage and severe threat, a solution has been developed that when a coral is damaged by a storm, a piece of a colony might break off, tumble away, and eventually reattach to the bottom and continue to grow by cloning itself. Therefore deliberately fragment corals can create genetically identical clones. If we can develop this system in our own country we can implement this system and protect our valuable corals of Sri Lanka.

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Hassle-Free Transportation for Disabled People

During peak hours, the public transport services are fully crowded. Due to the competitive nature of human, disabled people are left behind while the abled continue with their journey. Especially near main army camps, disabled soldiers who do clerical duties face real difficulties to go home at these peak hours. I suggest to introduce some seat booking app and/or a system for those disabled where they can have comfort in their journey without any delay.

~ Prasanna Herath

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Develop Smart School Systems with Technology

Imagine your child not being able to go to school for a day or so and by that she/he would miss a lesson. Or the particular school your child goes to, does not have the proper education on technology. As citizens of the country, we wonder what kind of necessary measures we can take regarding such issues. This is why we have developed a system that could be implemented in schools that would be transformed in the latter to smart schools. Not only does your child keep track of everyday lessons but also the knowledge of technology will be enhanced through lessons and the usage of the E-world. But regardless of that, we should first increase the knowledge of English among all students in all schools of the country. By doing so, your child will no longer miss any lessons or get a lesser knowledge on technology and the language English, but day by day the knowledge of your child will be increased and developed.

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Increase Exports

Sri Lanka is economically deprived due to the decrease in exports and the increase in imports.

The country should have an effective economical progress agenda which prioritizes exports, research and development, entrepreneurs and value added variety of production.

More incentives should be provided to SMEs while reducing welfare in general.

The administration should have effective methods of providing services and facilitation to all sectors that help boost the economy.

Corruption and malpractices should be drastically reduced in the public sector.

Entrepreneural education and skilled development education should be prioritized while empowering students to look into all aspects of employment where they are incentivized to retain in Sri Lanka.

~ Muditha katuwawala

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An Effective Solution for the Elephant Conflict

Approximately 250-280 elephants, out of a total population of approximately 6,000 die every year due to the human-elephant conflict. Over this time, and despite the increasing human population, and the fact that the available space for elephants has reduced due to loss of habitat to development, irrigation, and infrastructure settlement. Most human deaths from elephants occur at night when the victim gets in the way of an elephant, many of which could be avoided by responsible behavior by the victim. As a solution to this, we have developed a system that would track the elephant and warn the surrounding houses and victims prior to the attack if one is to happen. This system was developed due to the ineffectiveness of the electrical fences that have been put up to stop or end this human-elephant conflict.

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Computerised Citizen Database

A computerised system should be introduced to store authorised citizens’ information. This can firstly be implemented and executed by gathering basic information which can be enhanced in time.

Currently, banks utilise this. All banks have information about their clients which is accessible simply via the ID number.

A computerised system will enhance the efficiency of the services across different government sectors.

~ Anuradha Bandara Wijayakoon

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Green Transportation

Whilst many countries switch to eco-friendly transportation, Sri Lanka has been lagging behind in such initiatives.

It is suggested to encourage vehicle users to switch to electric vehicles through tax reliefs and an expanded network of charging stations, and also allocate cycle lanes to the public wherever possible. Carpooling needs to be encouraged with the help of technological support to reduce single-passenger vehicle movements. Pavements need to be clearly separated and well maintained to encourage walking.

~ Januka Modarage

Suggestions to implement this:

People who have a solar system with at least 4 kW, should be given higher tax relief for electric vehicles. Government officers must be encouraged to have electric vehicles by restricting tax release for other than an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle. Interest concession must be given for installing solar systems.

Make joint venture between Electricity board and Ceypetco to give high charging facility to vehicles all around the country. Every Ceypetco filling station must then be installed with at least two high chargers (European charger have the capability to charge vehicle less than half an hour).

Charging fee concessions must be given to solar power owners for high charge.
Invest and install solar systems on bare lands and lakes
Implement systems for recycling and replacement of batteries with major electric vehicle companies.
Adjust charging fees according to peak and off-peak hours.

~ H A Amila Sampath

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Regulate Cultivation Chemicals

People cannot purchase medicine without the prescription of a doctor for the safety of their own. Similar measures should be taken for agrochemicals as well, for our own safety and health.

The government can achieve this through awareness, education, and training of Agricultural Officers. These officers can then recommend suitable products to farmers. This initiative step can further be extended to educate and train farmers as well.

This cause could possibly regulate the access and improper use of poisonous chemicals by farmers.

~ Donald Perera

This cause was also suggested by:

~ Lakmali Palipana

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Encourage Vocational Training

Not all students pass the A/L’s. It’s not because they are not smart, but possibly more interested and talented in other ways. If we can implement a system for them to attend to various vocational training institutions even after O/L’s, they will gain necessary knowledge and experience to massively contribute to the country’s economy.

I’m not saying that people need to be carpenters or painters, but be better-qualified, well-disciplined people who follow new technologies like foreign technicians who is a highly-paid workforce. We need to change the negative thinking of the new generation regarding these jobs (e.g., There are no proper places to learn carpentry. Students spend millions to become designers, without having basic knowledge).

Additionally, their English education must be encouraged because if they are fluent in English, their skills are more transferrable.

~ Pathum Kalubowila

 

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Tri-Forces Themed Resorts

Tri-Forces themed resorts will ensure a huge impact on the tourism market as it is a rare experience for guests.

Each individual resort should offer unique activities and trainings to their guests (i.e., water activities at Naval Resort and ground activities at the Army Resort).

~ Viraj Sudusinghe

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Regulate Public Transport Charges

The most common mode of public transport in Sri Lanka, apart from the bus/train is the three-wheeler which is very costly.

I suggest to introduce a common taxi meter or an app to calculate the travel cost using maps or traveled distance/time that will be fair to every party.

I also suggest to introduce a nation-wide optional payment method for public transport like a tap on/off card system (daily/weekly/monthly/annual top-up charges) or online payment method using an app, especially for buses, so that people don’t have to carry cash and coins with them.

~ Kasun

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Effective Rainwater Management System

Water scarcity in certain rural areas of Sri Lanka is an unattended issue that has been prevailing for a long period of time. In certain rural areas, people have to travel for long distances to get access to safe drinking water in drought seasons. Sri Lanka being a small island with sufficient rain falls throughout the year should be able to eliminate this water scarcity in rural areas.

It is advised to implement an effective rainwater management system via an integrated system of artificial reserves and tunnels or pipelines across the island. Through this system, it is expected to store excess rainwater and to manage rainwater by supplying it from areas with higher rainfall to areas with low or no rainfall. The existing irrigation system can be connected with this proposed system and this system will provide every citizen access to usable water while providing an effective solution for floods as well.

~ Gayan Maheepala

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Implementation of E-Government System

Due to the prolongation of public administration processes, the number of individuals and corporations involved can increase the risk of fraud, waste, and corruption. Therefore due to this, this shows a huge drop in government revenue. Self-service can be seen as an essential component of all public services in order to minimize the wastage so as to minimize the risk of fraud and corruption, thereby increasing revenue by directing government revenue.

The primary objectives of the project:

  • The main objective of this is to increase government revenue.
  • Preventing fraud, corruption and wastage in the administration.
  • Improving the efficiency and quality of public services.
  • To provide a high-quality
  • service to the people.
  • Improving the efficiency and productivity of the public service.
  • Collection of data related to public safety
  • Minimize processing time by managing services and data centralization and managing the human resources used for other purposes.
  • Utilize data to identify public needs and formulate government policies and make decisions.
  • Provide state intervention for market regulation using system data.
  • Obtaining Accurate Data for Census and Analytics (Development Measurements, Demographics & Statistics)
  • Obtaining data to detect and prevent crimes (eg; security forces, customs, airports, data for use)
  • The following are the basic subsystems and their functionality expected through the system.
  • The main system should be e-government-services, which consists of the following molecules. Each of the sections are interconnected.

~ C B Senanayake

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Enhance and Revamp Public Transportation

Revamping the current public transportation system with the integration of technology, operational developments, and regulation. The biggest problem we face in transportation is traffic congestion. Lots of man-hours and fuel is being wasted there which can easily be utilised for the economy. Actions must be put in place to reduce the number of vehicles entering the cities. Parking facilities must be provided for vehicles in order to enable convenience.

Bus fare must be regulated in and around the city, and public transport should be monitored using technology so that the commuters can easily track and plan their journies ahead of time.

Train transportation has to be uplifted as well. Office trains are always fully packed and are mostly life-threatening and dangerous to commute in. In addition, train delays create crucial problems in the occupational life of people. The number of trains, as well as the number of wagons, have to be increased with the implementation of better ticketing systems. Also, the current linear track system must be revamped and a net-like system must be introduced.

The discipline related to both drivers and pedestrians must be enhanced and need to introduce strict rules and regulations such as road rules for drivers as well as strict rules on usage of pedestrian crossings for pedestrians. The discipline of bus conductors and bus drivers must be improved. I believe a proper training for the bus conductors will solve this issue up to a certain level.

If a bus tracking mechanism (app to track the location of buses using GPS Technology) will be introduced, the unnecessary time spent on roads can be reduced.

~ Lalinda Bamunusingha & Pramuk Hewawasam

This cause was also suggested by:

~ Tharkana Kulatunge

 

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Fight Against Mosquitoes

Introduce a nation-wide program to fight against mosquitoes, and allocate a separate department to work on it, instead of the council.

I have traveled to Vietnam, where the weather is very similar to Sri Lanka, but most of the areas were successfully free of mosquitoes. As per my discussion with one of our tour guides, I learned that they grow lemongrass in their front and back yards to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

I suggest to do more research on this.

~ Dasun Abeywardana

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Cutting-Edge Education, Research, and Vocational Training

There is an urgent need to enhance the standards of our university system and research centres. It’s also needed to expand the opportunities to enrol many students as possible by increasing the number of both undergraduate and postgraduate courses available. Many subjects that lead to lucrative careers should be taught especially related to STEM disciplines such as machine learning, data science, robotics, and mechatronics to exploit the highly-sought job market in the world. Also, new courses related to tourism, sports, holistic medicine, and event management should be introduced to produce graduates who are immensely helpful in managing and organising world’s famous tourist, sports, cultural, and entertainment events.

To initiate new technology- driven businesses, there should be a strong collaboration between academia, industry and the government. Apart from strengthening the research institutes like SLINTEC, NIFS, it’s better to empower the engineering teams of the military while forming a research wing like DARPA in US (Defense Advanced Research Project Agency) to develop emerging technologies, to fund and co-ordinate the research projects in collaboration with the academia.

University departments related to STEM disciplines should be equipped with cutting-edge research equipment and with highly-qualified researchers. That would lay a solid foundation for a plethora of tech startups to thrive with the influx of highly-skilled graduates. This would eventually help our universities to secure higher ranks in world university rankings such as QS, when compared with other high ranking Asian universities like National University Singapore(NUS), Nanyang Technological University. That would also lessen the escalating trend of brain-drain by which the country is losing the most brightest minds to developed countries.

As there are many talented Sri Lankans around the globe, we can get their assistance to accomplish this goal. Professors who work on the world’s most prestigious universities like Rohan Aberathna (Department of Mechanics, MIT), Saman Amarasinghe(CSAIL, MIT), Hemamala Karunadasa (Department of Chemistry, Stanford), Gehan Amaratunga (Department of Engineering, Cambridge), Kumar Wickramasinghe (UC Irvine), Asantha Cooray (UC Irvine), Ananda Gunawardena (CMU/Princeton), Suran Goonathilake (Department of Computer Science, UCL), Mohan Edirisinghe (Department of Engineering, UCL), Hiranya Peiris (Department of Physics, UCL), and Yashantha Rajakarunanayake, are a few to name who can be assimilated to play a key role in achieving this venture. The expertise of our engineers and scientists who work on world’s biggest tech companies like Google, Intel, and research centres should be absorbed to flourish the country’s tech industry.

It’s also brilliant if we can form research collaborations with the world’s leading universities. For an example, we can look at SMART (Singapore-MIT Alliance on Research and Technology) once headed by Professor Rohan Aberathne. Our Defense colleges and universities should also be developed with the best training facilities and latest technologies.

We should have programmes to enhance the entrepreneurial skills of our students. Funding schemes should be initiated to invest on great, commercially profitable ideas after reviewed by a panel of tech and business experts. For an example, we can look at Chamath Palihapitiya, a prominent Silicon Valley figure who is the CEO of Social Capital, a former venture fund and now a technology holding company who helped successful tech companies like Slack and also investing in companies like Virgin Galactic.

Major attention should be paid to take on the market of technological products related to renewables (photovoltaic/ solar cells etc.), quantum technologies, and nanotechnologies rather than only focusing on already established markets like IT/apparel.

Finally, the programmes should be developed to improve the knowledge of young Buddhist monks. As Buddhism has found a new ground in the West, our Buddhist monks should be well-trained to disseminate Buddhist teachings to the rest of world. Currently, that space is filled by Tibetan and Zen monks. Our country had great Buddhist figures both lay people and priests in the past such as Ven. Walpola Rahula thero (Professor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, Chicago), David Kalupahana (Professor, University of Hawaii). Hence, programmes should be developed to provide the knowledge in English/IT, Buddhist philosophy, Eastern Philosophy, Western Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience. With the growing mental health issues, many westerners including famous celebrities have found a relief in Buddhist practices like mindfulness. Even stress reducing therapies such as MBSR and MBCT which are endorsed by psychiatrists and psychologists are actually developed based on Buddhist contemplative traditions such as Satipattana (Mindfulness) and Vipassana (Insight Meditation). They have also become some serious scientific research interests among psychologists and neuroscientists such as Richard J. Davidson (University of Wisconsin), and in events such as Mind and Life. So, there must be programmes to encourage such coordination among western scientists, scholars, centres (such as Oxford Centre of Buddhist Studies) and our buddhist monks.

~ LM Pathirana

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Electric Conversion of Old Vehicles

Electric conversion of old petrol and diesel vehicles can increase employment, reduce import of new cars, and reduce pollution.

The world trend is to use electric cars, but this does not mean that electric cars should be imported. It is not difficult to convert existing petrol and diesel cars to run on electricity. It is commonly done in many countries as DIY (do-it-yourself) projects in home garages. Some components such as motors, batteries, and controllers may need to be imported, but the value is quite small compared to the value of an entire car.

Sri Lanka has the technical skills and labour to make the conversions, but the Department of Motor Traffic does not allow converted (to electricity) vehicles in Sri Lanka to be registered for use on our roads. If this could be rectified, then this industry can bloom.

There is also great potential to do conversions (especially of classic cars) and export the electrified cars. In the case of classic car conversions, we can import the classic car, restore the body and frame, convert it to an EV (electric vehicle) and re-export it. Sri Lanka could be promoted as a world hub for EV conversions.

~ Johan De Livera

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Unlimited Internet

Urge Sri Lankan ISPs to introduce unlimited/fiber or high-speed internet packages without FUP & with less tax. Then people can work from home without worrying about data usage.

Before 2010, Sri Lanka had true unlimited packages. Even SLT, Dialog, Lanka Bell provided such packages, but now all are limited, so this limit is not enough for young entrepreneurs.

Please discuss with local ISPs, or encourage local ISPs to connect with foreign root/regional ISPs to make the optimal use of international data back bone, if main bandwidth is not sufficient for Sri Lankan unlimited internet providing. Especially more bandwidth or new back bone cabling for Sri Lankan ISPS with the help of local/international internet service providers and the government.

~ Anuradha

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Mobile Platforms for Government Services

Integrating technology via mobile applications for all government service sector organisations such as postal, passport, NIC, transport, etc. These mobile apps would make available valuable information of processes, necessary resources for each process, steps to take in order to complete a process, estimated time of completion, personal reminders, and other such functions that would take out the stress of going through the tedious process of bureaucratic services.

This will make the processes clear for the general public, save time, costs, and efforts, and also make government services efficient.

~ Samitha Herath

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Innovative, Creative, and Strategic Education System

From the early years in school, we should emphasise on the importance of creative and innovative thinking. Problem with the current education system is it relies merely on rote learning. Instead, we should try trending learning methods such as phenomenon-based learning (successfully implemented in Finland) that encourages inquiry, self-learning, problem-solving skills and teamwork while driving passion and curiosity. As knowledge is cheaply and easily accessible today with the internet, its value comes when we utilise it successfully to real-world applications.

Also, to produce a mentally healthy generation who takes care of mother nature as well, we can initiate mindfulness programmes(adopted in UK schools) and garden-based learning (that really suits our country with its fertile soil and agriculture) where students develop their life skills and social skills with great environmental awareness and mental well-being rather than restricting them to traditional classrooms. This initiative has been successfully carried out by entrepreneur, Kimbal Musk in Big Green project and is also a growing trend.

As pointed out by great French philosopher Rousseau, to produce a thinking and empathetic human being, children should be allowed to grow close to nature and intuitive exploration-based experiential learning should be promoted. If we modernise our education system from this unproductive factory model-based stressful, exam-oriented rote learning, we can produce great minds capable of independent thought with a creative and innovative spirit who would become great innovators, scientists, researchers and engineers-above all happy, honest and compassionate individuals. Then, we can easily become a developed nation where the country’s natural beauty is also preserved.

~ Pubudu Pathirana

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Effective Waste Management and Recycling

Have policies in place to segregate waste in disposal and collection. Urge the public to convert food waste to compost and have procedures in place to recycle plastic and other waste within Sri Lanka itself. Implement collection centres in each city for plastic waste to be recycled. Urge the public to respect the labourers who work in this sector.

~ Shiraj M

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Automated / E – Fine Payment System

The next government should implement the E- payment system for all traffic fines which should eliminate the human / police interaction. This will eliminate the on-spot bribery incidents and increase the government income.

Ideally, the fine should be charged to vehicle number and only be able to pay at the time of registration or through a payment platform.

~ Charitha Anushka

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Separate Areas for Protests

Protests which disturb the community in public roads should be restricted. I suggest to have separate areas to conduct protests. This will ensure everyone’s rights.

~ Hasanka De Silva

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Interconnected Public Transport System with a Metro System

In the current public transportation system, there is no proper interconnection (transit-based) with different transport mediums. For example, we can refer how the transportation systems in Singapore, UK (TFL), and USA are organised.

One of the other main improvement which we can introduce herewith is proper central governance over the private bus services via the central government. This has become one of the most discussed matter in the country.

~ Nadeeshaan

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Drone-Based Service and Facility Providing Platform

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

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Prepare Your Child for Life, Not Exams

Grade 5 scholarship and other government exams are giving young students stress and nightmares. There are reported incidents of children having anxiety depression even at the tender age of 10. The excessive exams are not driving up standards but driving children, teachers and parents crazy. We need to prepare kids for life not just for exams. We need a different approach.

What we can learn from a small Nordic nation, Finland?

“Many homework and exams doesn’t mean better results, we prepare children to learn how to learn not how to take exams” – Pasi Sahlberg, Finland’s minister of education and culture.

Not until sixth grade will children have the option to sit for the district wide exam. The transformation of Finn’s education system began four decades ago as a key propellant of the country’s economic recovery plan.

The first step of the suggested recovery process for Sri Lanka is:

· The grade five scholarship be there only to aid financially difficult households and not required to make this process to get in to “popular schools”.

· Every village must have a grade 1-5 primary school.

· Every two to three villages must have a secondary school from grade 6-11.

· Every city must have high school for A/Ls with hostel facilities.

This will manage the “necessity of going to popular school” and allow all children to have an equal right to have a good education.

~ Tharinda De Silva

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Preservation of Wildlife

Restoration, preservation, and rehabilitation of Sri Lankan wildlife is a crucial but mostly neglected sector in Sri Lanka. Wildlife being one of Sri Lanka’s biggest assets, so far, the actions of the governing parties, as well as the public, have been detrimental to the preservation of this valuable resource.

The National Parks of Sri Lanka must undergo extensive restoration programmes by involving experts and officials. Preservation must be enabled by regulating public and vehicular access, urge governing bodies to educate the public on best practices when accessing wildlife parks, and setting laws in place for ongoing preservation.

~ Gayathri Seneviratne

This cause was also suggested by:

~ Poorna Seneviratne & Teshani Hettige

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Establish a Space Research Centre

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

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Empower Archeological Research

Necessary steps should be taken to empower archeological research. The Department of Archeology should be provided with sufficient funds and latest technologies/equipment to carry out researches and excavations. Research in associated fields like anthropology and marine archeology should also be encouraged to unravel the unrecorded history of our country by discovering ancient human skulls/skeletons and sunken underwater ruins. Historical records and archeological monuments like ola manuscripts (Puskola Poth), Buddha statues, Bodhisattva statues (like Bodhisattva Tara statue in British Museum), and statues of kings (like of King Ravana) which are encased in glass boxes in various museums in Britain, Netherlands, and Portugal should be brought back to our motherland for further research and for people to worship/pay homage.

~ LPPM Pathirana

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A Safe Society for Women

Sri Lanka can be proud to state that it has one of the highest female literacy and education rates in the world, but this has not necessarily translated into a society that is necessarily safe for women. A study conducted in 2017 indicated that 90% of women and girls in Sri Lanka have been sexually harassed on buses and trains at least once in their lifetime and over 50% say they have experienced violence on a regular basis.

A report by the United Nations reports that violence against women is widespread and underreported in Sri Lanka. Many reasons have been attributed to this prevalence including, lack of adequate legislation, extreme delays in the investigation of cases, and very low conviction rates of perpetrators. Although the National Plan of Action on Sex and Gender Based Violence (2016-2020) zero-tolerance principle was well intended, accountability is still misplaced.

As a Sri Lankan, I propose that a practical prevention strategy be developed and deployed with urgency that is focused on improving the safety of women in Sri Lanka. The new strategy should involve a government led campaign that includes developing a national mechanism for systemic data collection on gender-based violence; evidence based early interventions, such as school programs to address gender attitudes; and finally establishing an Independent Commission for Women to ensure a sustained and methodical effort to improve outcomes.

There are increasing studies that show there is a strong link between state security and the security of women – that is the sustainability of Sri Lanka’s peace can be predicted by how well it treats its women. Clearly this is an issue that has significant health, social, economic and cultural consequences.

Sri Lanka has so much to offer as a country, but as a state it has a duty to afford all its people – regardless of their gender – a safe community to live and prosper.

~ V Dissanayake

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Establish a Central Ministry

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

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Modern City

All cities need to be classified to several segments according to the population and need to implement one policy for each segment. Here we must plan the city in order to minimise human and vehicle movement in the road. All infrastructure units (water,electricity, and telephone) must be coordinated and single houses and shops should be restricted. Furthermore, shops and houses by the roadsides should be restricted.

~ G M Sunith Kumar

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Mitigate Price Fluctuation of Crops

Policies in place to minimize price fluctuation of vegetables through a planned schedule of cultivation. Identify monthly local vegetable consumption
Calculate the required land area to cater to this monthly vegetable requirement
Calculate the existing land area of vegetable production
Calculate the additionally required land.
Issue permits to vegetable growers.
The government should determine the price of each vegetable based on supply and demand of each vegetable.
Call applications from farmers who have permits each month.
Allocation of vegetable variety and species should be done according to the previously calculated consumer demand.

This will help to achieve sustainable vegetable production based on a supply-demand basis, which automatically leads to price stability safeguarding both farmer and consumer.

Farmers should encourage to get “good agricultural practices” certification.
Later, farmers can be encouraged to engage in organic farming while market strategies for such organic foods should be developed.
Capable entrepreneurs can empower to produce such organic foods using protected houses such as polytunnels, greenhouses etc. and use of high technology for efficient irrigation and fertilizer application.
Field cultivation can be empowered through efficient irrigation such as drip or drop irrigation.

~ Prof. Disna Ratnasekera

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Extended Office Days

According to the current office working days of the government sector, people are packed in Colombo city which leads to heavy traffic and unnecessarily wasting time of service providers and the users. Therefore, recommend to work all seven days in the government sector, especially in the Colombo district or main government offices. Roster or shift system can be applied. it will have financial and non-financial benefits to the people and the country.

~ G M Sunith Kumar

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Sustainable Energy Sources

Measures must be taken to introduce sustainable and renewable energy sources and means (such as floating solar panels) as our main energy source to minimise environmental pollution. Policies should be put in place to work on increasing the use of solar power and other renewable energy sources.

~ Chanya Padmaperuma

As we get more than 10 hours of sunlight per day we have to make the maximum use of it. By installing solar panels in cities where there is sunlight throughout the day( for example: Anuradhapura) our country will be able to maximize the revenue from solar energy.

~ Yasith Hennadige

 

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Clean Country by Changing Attitude

It’s a bit hard to educate people to throw their trash in a proper way, at least on public areas and tourist attractive areas.

We need to place proper trash cans on all the possible spots people to throw away their waste. Our people are not disciplined enough to carry their waste home or till they find a proper waste bin. They will just throw away their empty food cover or ice-cream stick

We need to appoint relevant staff (like people who collect roadside parking tickets – they are a bit rude and straight to the business) to take care about those trash cans to be not filled always for people to use them. no need separate bins (food-paper-plastic) as our people are not in that standard. We need to get them to fine people who throw trash away on public places. giving a commission for those staff will be an added motivation for them to find victims who throw the waste away. and they will be very keen on collecting money.

We can fine 50.00 -100.00 or an increased amount on places like victoria park, Galle fort, Kandy, Galle face, Gregory lake park Nuwara Eliya, railway stations, bus stations, even a higher amount on Peradeniya gardens, Haggala, Sigiriya, Horton plains. Then people will slowly learn not to dump on non fining environments also. Now smoking in public places are very rare and people are afraid of it. We cannot change the attitudes of our traditional people without a fine.

We can build a Great Sri Lanka.

~ Pathum Kalubowila

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Everyone at Work

We must make sure that at least one person should have a fixed monthly income (out of the workforce excluding businessmen, cultivators and willing doing on their own). We should arrange a mechanism to arrange a job opportunity with the interference of the government for that category to make sure that all families in the country are getting a monthly income for sure.

~ G M Sunith Kumar

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Promote Innovation

As Sri Lankans, we have the best brains and great inventors. However, due to political agendas, no one is there to give due respect and proper value to them. There are many researches both academic and non academic which were only confined just to research papers. There are great inventors. Best Brands. Remarkable ideas and solutions. Systematic approach is required to invite such personalities and offer relevant guidance and resources and make them contribute to the betterment of the country through their competencies.

~ Kushan Rathnasekara

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Tourist Security Program

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

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Increase Sri Lanka’s Forest Cover

Sri Lanka’s forest density in 1882 was 82%. In 2019, it has plummeted to a meagre 16.5% (source: https://www.newsfirst.lk/2019/04/14/red-alert-by-mother-nature-sl-forest-density-reduced-from-85-to-16-5/).

Reforestation needs to be carried out as a priority in order to bring back our forest cover and protect our fragile biodiversity from further harm. In this warming climate, an increase in forest cover will bring about a welcome cooling effect on the island, protect against severe drought, and also improve the prospects of a sustainable tourism industry, just to name a few benefits.

Thick forest cover also acts as a strategic national security asset in times of conflict, as we saw during the war with the LTTE. It would prove invaluable in the unlikely event that we are invaded by a foreign power, as history has shown that no one fights well in someone else’s jungle.

~ Anjana Denagamage

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Performance Management for Government Ministers

Each government minister must be given a set of measurable, KPI based targets (goals, projects and/or rankings) that need to be achieved within a given time period. Failure to meet these targets must be met with performance management or potential penalties. Likewise, achievement of these targets must also be met with rewards such as an extension of their ministry duration.

This enables numerous benefits to the country and lessens government corruption. it will also motivate efficient and capable MPs to become ministers, while the country will be developed at a higher rate.

~ Damith Perera

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Minimum Wages

A minimum wage is the lowest remuneration that employers can legally pay their workers—the price floor below which workers may not sell their labour. Most countries had introduced minimum wage legislation by the end of the 20th century.

The movement for minimum wages was first motivated as a way to stop the exploitation of workers in sweatshops, by employers who were thought to have unfair bargaining power over them. Minimum wage is a way to help lower-income families. It increases the standard of living of workers, reduces poverty, reduces inequality, and boosts morale. In Sri lanka we have been facing this issue since the days we were born.

Minimum wages can increase the efficiency of the market. Employers and employees cannot be paid less than their applicable minimum wage, even if the workers agree to it.

~ Nishantha De Abrew

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Review Taxation Structure for Vehicle Imports

Import duty and other taxes imposed on vehicle imports have always been subject to ad-hoc revisions aimed at increasing the tax revenue for the government that is carried out with little regard for ground realities and the impact it has on the general public. A prime example was the revision proposed at the previous budget for the import of electric vehicles where there were no vehicles manufactured that met the proposed concessionary taxation criteria. It turned out to be yet another half-baked product that lacked any substance which was put forward by the current government.

Occasionally there have been instances where import taxes have been reduced. But such proposals were short-lived and mainly served as election bait.

While vehicle import taxes serve as a major source of tax income for the government, officials must leverage it in a manner that does not deprive the general public of the opportunity to own a safe and good quality vehicle. This has become a vital factor in determining the quality of life, especially for professionals employed in the private sector who do not enjoy the privilege of a vehicle permit but nevertheless contribute positively towards the economy.

In addition, the future government must seriously consider offering a tax concession for vehicle imports for Sri Lankans employed abroad who generate a significant portion of the country’s foreign income.

~ Navinda Wickramasinghe

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Volunteering Space for Young and Common People

I suggest to have a framework where young (i.e. University students and etc.) and others are given a chance to work in selected government departments and other institutions as volunteers.

This should not be in their relevant study area or profession; behind this suggestion I am expecting to see some attitude change of new generation too. For an example, allowing an engineering student to spend volunteer hours helping cancer patients. This is to experience something different. This is to learn about life.

This volunteering experience could be taken to account when entering universities or getting a job. For example, we can have a team of volunteers to help during crisis situations such as floods. This valuable service should be recognised. This framework should give ease of working. If I can spend two hours from my weekend to help someone, I should be able to do that without going through a lot of documents and authentications, etc. It could be a nation-wide portal with a database.

On the other hand, these volunteers could also be useful in fields that the government cannot keep tons of permanent employees for activities which only comes seasonally or need little to no training.

Last but not least, this should be COMPLETELY FREE FROM POLITICAL interference.

~ Sumedha

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Make Sri Lanka Age-Friendly

“The work you do in the field of Gerontology will help older adults of today who might be your grandparents, older adults of tomorrow who will be your parents, and older adults of decades to come who will be you.” – Keshini Madara Marasinghe

Making a community/country age-friendly means having the physical and social environment designed in a way that getting by in that environment is not a challenge for older adults. For example, this means having public spaces and buildings such as grocery stores, markets, hospitals, stores, movie theatres, or airports designed to accommodate older adults with or without a disability. The same ideology applies to when thinking about transportation. Is Sri Lanka’s public transportation age-friendly? Can an older person with or without a disability get on a bus or train safely and independently? What about bus stands for them to sit while waiting for the buses? Are we developing and using assistive technologies and devices effectively to help those in need? It is important that as a country, Sri Lanka takes all of these questions into consideration when development decisions are being made. Sri Lanka is at a developing stage and there are many opportunities for us to integrate these concepts into development to make it a successful development.

Achieving an age-friendly country to improve the quality of older adults is simple. In the stage of planning anything age-friendly, prior to development always ask the question, is what I am creating right now going to support me and those around me the same way in another few decades when we are old? Or imagine your grandparents or parents in your plan. The answers to how to improve the quality of life of older adults in Sri Lanka are out there. People who are willing to work for Sri Lanka, who have the knowledge to do so, also exist in the world. A larger scale of collaboration between Gerontology and Healthcare experts in Sri Lanka and experts from around the world who are willing to work to develop Sri Lanka is essential. Considering where we are at as a country, it is crucial that Sri Lanka makes use of those knowledgeable individuals who want to make a change in the country. Not just in healthcare, but all other areas as well. I truly feel that the time for that change in Sri Lanka is now and if we do not change now, it will be a cycle of struggle for development.

“The work done in the field of Gerontology will help every single person who lives to age and will have an impact on generations to come.”

~ Keshini Madara Marasinghe

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Safer Roads

More people die on roads than during war, and probably more people get permanently disabled from road accidents.

There seem to be various factors that result in valuable young human lives being lost on roads, and therefore we need to implement measures to make roads safer for all.

1. The starting point is driver, rider education.
People wear helmets to evade police!
People wear seat belts to evade police!
We need to invest a lot on the driver, rider education to educate them on safety measures. Other countries have TV commercials on such education. Further, although there were a number of expressways opened, I have not seen a comprehensive driver education on how to use them. Why we need to keep a safe distance, why you need to use turn signals when changing lanes etc.

2. The other most important factor is to improve driver, rider moral values.
At the end of the day, we all want to arrive at the destination safely. If you give way, you will be given way. It doesn’t have to be a battle in the roads, honking at even the slightest mistakes. Other countries usually have good gestures to thank helping fellow road users. The attitude of helping others goes a long way than we think. This needs to be implemented through Learners and also public awareness programs. Probably this should be the #1 measure because a lot of things fall in the correct place if we fix this.

3. Driving schools (Learners) should be properly managed, reviewed and evaluated yearly. They should enforce a very strict syllabus which includes moral value educations also. All road accidents should be tracked back to the driving schools, and statistically analyzed to improve/ban failing driving schools.

3. Make roads safer.
We need to have a proper road maintenance unit, which should patrol heavily used roads to check on safety. For example, there are visibility issues at certain road sections and there are accidents daily and nobody does anything. This unit should have a mechanism to lodge complaints and suggestions.

4. Stop importing unsafe vehicles.
There should be a strict standard that does not change from government to government to stop the import of unsafe vehicles. (Probably the most unsafe are the three-wheels, but that is a bigger rooted problem because it is not actually a vehicle, it is a “job” in Sri Lanka. This can only be prevented by improving public transport and the job market for young simultaneously).

5. Make existing vehicles safer.
Almost all tractors have no tail lights, the tippers, and big lorries which stop roadside do not have parking lights, etc. Police should be given enough training to stop and fine these.

6. Greener roads.
I’ve seen that even in countries heavily commercialized like Singapore has a surprisingly large number of trees planted alongside roads. This helps a lot to the nature and helps to reduce driver stress etc.

May all people arrive at their destination safely and comfortably!

~ Gayan Dasanayake

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Younger Educated Workforce

I firmly believe that  Sri Lanka needs major educational reform.  In our system, students finish their school education at the age of 19 and entering government universities at the age of 20-21. If they do a 4-year degree they are graduate at the age of 25. But if we compared with other countries like the USA and India their students finish their high school education at the age of 17 and they are graduate at the age of 21 and entering the workforce.  But when our graduates entering the workforce at the age of 25 they are in the mindset of settling down and already their energy is drained.  I believe that if we can release our youth early into the workforce, they can be a major contributor to our country’s development.

Also please allocate more money for research and development.

~ Randika Abeysinghe

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Plastic and Polythene Free Sri Lanka by 2028

Plastic and polythene-related products contribute to a massive pollution of environment leading all life forms on Earth. We are responsible for the nature, keep it safe for everything/everyone lives on earth. One way of doing it is to reduce plastic products and by 2028, remove all usage of plastic in Sri Lanka.

During this time (2020 -2028), promote innovative alternatives, give time to find nature-friendly entrepreneurs, and attractive concessions for them, limit usage/impose high taxes for the industries using plastic, clean all the plastic waste, recycle or destroy using environmental friendly methods if possible, etc.

~ Madhangi Alwis

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Water Recycling and Treatment

I would like to request the government to implement water recycling and treatment to be used in toilets, washing cars, and watering gardens. Currently, copious amounts of clean water are being wasted for these tasks. At least in main cities, rainwater usage or recycled water usage must be implemented.

~ Dasun Abeywardana

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Fully Automated Roadside Electronic Parking (REP) System

Introduce On-board Units (OBU) at vehicle registrations and properly maintained roadside parking slots. Track the slot and time period using OBUs to charge the vehicles. Introduce E- payment system to pay charges and fines using a mobile device. Once vehicle user parks and leaves, he has to indicate using the mobile app, if not the vehicle with the OBU will be fined. Introduce a season ticketing system for regular vehicle parking users.

This will reduce traffic congestion by proper roadside parking and less number of vehicles on the road due to charged parking.

~ Shehan

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Robotics and Artificial Intelligence to Strengthen Security

1. Avoid accidents through vehicle movement recognition;
2. Identify unauthorised vehicles roaming with fake numbers or incorrect vehicle description;
3. Civil city traffic officers roaming undercover in normal cars and bikes with cameras recordings;
4. Government to own all billboards and will give the 2030 design how this helps govern security.

~ Shiraj

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Discipline of Private & SLTB Bus Staff

Discipline of mainly private buses is utter disappointing. They never care about the law. Even they get caught by the police & because various reasons, they get free and continue the same.

Strict decisions need to be taken by the legal authorities for such private buses and need to make sure that they are not behind the wheels of a bus until they get the real punishment.

~ Hasanka De Silva

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Digitalised Libraries for Every City

Introduce/modify libraries in every city with the best facilities to have free and fast internet, facilities to browse (desktop computers and tablets), facility to use personal laptops, updated and a wide range of books, a childrens’ section with a play area to encourage children to read, weekly educational programs for the general public, and be open 7 days of the week.

~ Shehan

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Efficient Postal Service

Our postal service has so many barriers to send parcels outside of the country. This is a heavy barrier to Sri Lankans who are doing e-commerce businesses. Please make our Postal service more friendly and effective.

~ Randika Ujith Kumara

 

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Facilitate Start-Up Businesses

Knowledgeable individuals graduate from universities each year, but they don’t have suitable careers to use their knowledge. Some graduates dream to start a new business, but they don’t have enough money and faculties.

If the government can take action for this kind of graduates by facilitating their research, they will be able to develop new technologies.

~ Lakshan Madhuranga

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Moderate Commercial Advertisements

We are a proud nation enriched with morals and an outstanding culture. However, we are witnessing the disruption of society standards. Media plays a major role in it.

If we can standardise TV commercials to convey a moral message to the society, it will drastically improve the mindset of our future generations. For example, about protecting wildlife, respecting parents and elders, living with all the religious groups in harmony, and expressing loving kindness to animals, etc.

If these concepts are conveyed to the society, repeatedly through commercials, we will be able to revolutionise the mindset and perceptions of our society and future generations for betterment.

~ Chanya Padmaperuma

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National APIs

We have a lot of government services running in isolation with their own data silos. Information is not easily shared between institutions both government and public. Taking health data as an example, if there is a national health data management system with proper Application Programming Interface (API)s, all hospitals and institutes like pharmacies, laboratories can exchange data with higher accuracy, security, and efficiency. I suggest a cause for an API and open data driven culture for all government systems.

~ Hasitha Karunaratne

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Save Trees – Save Environment

All are shouting when forests are destroying. The government should take action to stop large scale deforestation. This is not about that.

We have to cut trees to:
1. Prepare the land for construction or
2. Providing material for construction.

1. We cannot reduce that as everyone needs to build a house. Regular legal method is enough to monitor that. We have to advise and give details to those landowners about the plants that can be planted with small spaces and encourage – educate them to plan the houses with more surrounded green. Even with 6P lands. Then, there will be more nurseries with household plants and more green, but we have to give a better solution to the other issue.

2. There are so many durable alterations for wood, but people are afraid of using them as they are not much educated about them and prices are much expensive.

(Eg: Current MDF we have here does not behave well with water and with these rainy conditions here in Sri Lanka, people believe that it will get destroyed with moisture. One of a known senior carpenter informed me that there was a better south-African board in those days and is really durable, but they are no more here as the might be high and only cheaper Chinese stuff is imported).

Aluminum for the door frames is the most durable, but it’s expensive than wood, so the people are to select wood (even the Upper-Middle class people).

Our people spend so much of hard-earned money on house construction. In european countries, they sell the house in 5-10 years to build a new one or change the furniture in 5 – 10 years. Our people try to buy the most durable wood like teak – jack for lats 25 -30 years and cutting trees is continued.

IKEA is making furniture mostly with artificial wood – MDF. Making MDF here is not a solution as its still our trees. In foreign countries, they grow trees only for that purpose. We don’t have that.

We don’t need Kumbuk to decorate the stairs or a floor.people unnecessarily following those traditional myths. using kumbuk should be banned. There are better similar materials.

We should encourage importing good quality wood alterations; consider reducing tax, but should monitor the quality of the product. Saving our environment will be a bit more valuable than earning through tax.

~ Pathum Kalubowila

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Annual-Fee Free Payment Gateway

Last two governments given promise after promise to get PayPal inward remittance facility to Sri Lanka, but it is not possible as PayPal is not interest in the Sri Lankan small market. Therefore, that is not a solution anymore.

Currently, the payment gateway cost about 60,000/- LKR annual fee and 3.5% commission. Freelancers bear the commission as they anyway have to bear it even they use PayPal. Banks request 1mn bank guarantee also. This is impossible for them.

GR has already identified IT BPO as a key area which the next government shall encourage. Therefore my proposal is, can government offer annual fee free payment gateway facility for those freelancers?

~ Thushantha Porage

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Fixed Food Prices

I suggest to introduce fixed prices for at least the main food items, especially rice.

~ Sanath Goonewardane

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Digital Sri Lanka Framework

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

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Government Policy on Physical Development

Sri Lanka needs a policy on ‘Physical Development’ for the country. We have seen that during the previous government, there was a ‘facelift’ in Colombo and its suburbs. While appreciating it, I would like to see that happens all over the island with a ‘theme’ or a ‘concept’. For an example, the Singaporean concept of, City in a Garden; Singapore has a land-use plan developed with the help of UN Experts during the early 1970 s’ and it is followed and improved upon from time to time.

We need to identify activity zones which UDA has done to a certain extent. However, it has not covered the island and it is not followed strictly. For an example, all government institutes in the Western Province should be relocated to Sri Jayawardanapura Kotte, but it has not happened.

Just having a concept is not sufficient; law enforcement, providing land areas, and supportive infrastructure are needed. Professional bodies, universities, university students, experts in the industry should work together to make this possible. We also need strict regulations on construction and standards, and a institute to regulate it.

We should also have a land policy; rather than having few storied buildings alone, (even for residential buildings) we could go for high-rise combined with other infrastructure linked with those.

~ Madhangi Alwis

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Food Security Through Popularising Unutilised and Under Utilised Food Crops

Sri Lanka is rich in diverse tropical indigenous crop species and varieties, most of which are unutilized or underutilized.

Our indigenous yam species, fruit species and local vegetable varieties are some good examples. They have a very good market potential locally and internationally. In addition, dietary diversity can be enriched by diverse food items resulting healthy lifestyle of the nation.

Identify potential crop species suitable for different agro ecological zones. Breed and multiply selected species and varieties and distributed among potential growers.

Develop value addition and sustainable marketing supply chain.

~ Professor Disna Ratnasekera

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Centralised Patients’ Database

In Sri Lanka, most of the government hospitals, private hospitals, clinics and private consultations maintain their own patients records. These same patients in the future will access more than one place on different occasions, but the diagnosis and the medication history may not be taken into proper consultation.

Elderly people might not provide proper history details and the medications followed due to poor memory. Some may have allergies to certain medications and may not provide accurate information to another doctor. This may put their life in great risk.

Therefore, I propose to introduce centralised system to store all patient details and provide access across hospitals and clinics. These hospitals and clinics should sign an agreement with Ministry of Health to safeguard personal data security and the details of patients.

During new patient registration, it is best to obtain written permission to share personal information across all health sectors. We can use digital identity cards to store and scan during consultation to access medical history records.

This initiative will provide more clarity about the patient to the doctors and also minimise errors.

~ Asitha Kalinga Bulathsinghala

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Take Sri Lanka to rank #1- “Easiest Countries to Do Business in”

When it’s easy to startup businesses in a Country, Multinational companies get attracted to set up their businesses in the country. New businesses (these businesses MUST not damage the environment or corrupt public officials) create jobs, pay taxes and bring in the much needed foreign currency revenue to the country.

Since most of these multi nationals are more technologically advanced, the country is further benefited with better technologies, they spread their knowledge & hire local firms to supply them which will automatically create more jobs.

To achieve this standard some of the key criteria
•    Business incorporation within 24 hrs.
•    Business friendly Jurisdiction
•    Zero Corruption & crime.
•    Trade, Investment & Business freedom.
•    Trade Freedom
–    Open Trade policies
–    Low Trade Barriers
–    Low Tariff structure
–    Excellent Boarder administration.

•    Motivated & skilled workforce.
•    Light Tax burdens.
•    Adaptation of Technology
•    High degree of Innovation
•    Intellectual property protection. (Intellectual property is a revenue generating asset)
•    Top notch Infrastructure
•    Financial market sophistication.
•    Logistic efficiency & affordability of shipments.
•    High degree of Public trust on Politicians.
•    Public need to feel free of burden from government regulations

~ Eranjanie Wijesinghe

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Three-Wheel Drivers & Culture

Current practice:
Majority of the three wheeler drivers are just school leavers. There is a co-relationship between three-wheel and smuggling, crimes, etc . The people who have the inherent talent easily tend to hire a wheel, but the potential they have is very high.

Future:
Minimum age of a three-wheel driver should be at least 40 years, then the young can be utilised for the process of country development by being trained them by vocational training.

~ Madushanka Vidana Gamage

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Establish Separate Treasury for Buddhist Temples Based on Donations

Throughout the last few years, we have been hearing that temples having excess donations and merging it to the government’s main treasury. As a Buddhist, I think this is unethical because someone’s donation is no longer related to the government treasury (because it’s not a tax).

Instead of that, we can think of a way that collects all the excess donations to a separate account which is overseen and controlled by some committee (approved by head monks of monastic fraternities and president).

This will resolve the excess donation issue as well as, especially the appointed committee can direct and distribute fund for all the temples which are not having enough funds/donations to continue when needed.

~ Vimukthi Welgama

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Recruiting Professional Panels to Make Action Plans

In the process of creating action plans and policies, professional panels and focus groups should be recruited to gather expert opinions, experience, and ground-level knowledge. They must also be enabled to discuss practical integrations and executions of these projects.

~ Chanya Padmaperuma

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Care for the Aged and Insurance

I propose a more active role by the government to provide aftercare for the elderly who are in particular over the ages of 65 years and or disable. Even pensioners who have regular government income but need special care due to disability or senility. Also to consider a Dole or an insurance scheme by the government to those above that age category to get proper medical and aftercare. Currently, there is no aftercare insurance solutions available for the elderly who are over the age of 69  in Sri Lanka and this is a dire need since the population is fast ageing and more aged are requiring long term aftercare. This will also release the productive humane resource especially the women to contribute more to the economy as they are the ones ago are most burden with the elderly at home and looking after the needs round the clock. Hope this would be seriously taken into consideration as this is dire need irrespective of class and creed.

~ Ajith Rajapakse

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Electric Charging Points for Petrol Stations

Lack of e-charging points is a major barrier for expansive of electric vehicles in all over the world, so if government put a law for the petrol station for a compulsory e-charging point (at least 1 charging point) , it will be great movement as a country. Then government must develop an android/ios app to locate the charging points.

~ Charuka Maduwantha

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Expert Committees to Make Road Maps for Ministries

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

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Control Road Traffic with High Tech

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

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Tax Relief for New Entreprises

Entrepreneurs is the fuel that drive forward the economy; may be the next Facebook, next era motor vehicle, solution to plastic, anything can come up and drive a huge investments/cash to the country.

In Singapore they have a tax relief upto 100,000 SDGs for small-scale start-ups, so they can benefit on scaling up and it encourages the start-up as well.

So if at least 10M could be allowed tax free, it will be a huge benefit for local entrepreneurs.

~ Pulani Ransinghe

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Executive Travel Bus

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

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Citizens’ Active Participation for Rural Development

Suggestion to form some type of Grama Niladaree Division basis forums with the participation of the Grama Niladaree, Development officer, Govi niyamaka, Samurdhi Officer, PHI, Midwife, Member of Pradesiya Sabha etc. and all village members to develop their own village. So they can consider any type of suggestions, complains, issues to address directly to the concerned authority. Village members also can give their physical support for the development programmes. the process can be monitored by the divisional secretariat. Can implement an online reporting system for further effective management.

~ Sanath Goonewardane

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More Highways

I believe more road developments and highways could lead us to fast development progress to our country in all industries.

~ Nazik

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Equal Opportunities for Differently Abled Individuals

We must have a mechanism to uplift the quality of life of the differently abled people and provide equal opportunity for jobs, especially those who have qualifications. It is easy to set policies in government sectors and there should be mechanism to encourage private sectors to recruit  DAP such as providing % tax concession when employing DAP. While making policies to bring all Sri Lankans get equal rights, this is also important area to be considered.

~ Upali Jayasinghe

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Eco-cemetery

With the slogan ‘Go Green’ gaining popularity, more and more people are becoming aware of their environment and are doing things to save our planet. Recently, in the funeral industry a new concept has emerged called ‘green burial’ which is an eco friendly manner to return the body of the deceased to Mother Nature. This innovative way of caring for the dead body has minimal environmental impact.

Once the body of the deceased is buried in an eco-friendly manner, family members can even plant a memorial tree over or near the grave. The tree when grows up forms a living memorial in the name of the deceased. This way the trees serve as a marker to locate the grave of the deceased.

Currently, in the US there are few green cemeteries, whereas in the UK it is more than two hundred. But with the concept of ‘green burial’ gaining popularity, more green cemeteries will come up in the near future.

~ Nirman Perera

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Society Free from Hatred

Whatever the little development we Sri Lankans have achieved for the last 70yrs, it is sad to see that we all have fully accommodated hatred within us. No doubt the 30yrs of war and consumer-oriented society have contributed a lot to it. Now the war is over and I believe we all Sri Lankans need to go through a ‘POST WAR REHABILITATION’- a mental and physical cleansing program (not just the armed forces).

Today we see people full of hatred; we hear speeches, see activities full of hatred; be it Political or any other social issue (most occasions we see the points are valid and true though) what we see is hatred. this has seeped into every corner of every person in the society and it springs out in unexpected events in harmful ways; minor issues like one becomes aggressive in driving,  a child becomes aggressive in the event of losing a sports event, a parent becomes violent hearing the child is not able to get sufficient marks in exams, families split over small issues, religious leaders become violent , friends fight in social media, to major issues like ragging at universities  become terrorist acts, politicians spread hate instead gather people for greater cause, and ethnic and racial violence etc. The list can go on and on.

Its high time to put a big full stop to this!

We need a new era of ‘ Society free from Hatred’ starting from 2020. it will not come automatically; we need laws to encourage it, we need lots of activities, programs, education, social reforms, religious inputs, and leaders and a leadership to guide society towards that peaceful and beautiful society.

~ Madhangi Alwis

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Accessible and convenient services from Government departments

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

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More Forest Monasteries

As a lot of people are enthusiastic in seeking spiritual happiness through meditation, the government should facilitate necessary spaces for those religious practises. Since Sri Lanka has a widely spread forest covering, we can build number of forest monasteries all around the island.

Having those monasteries will help our country as follows:

1. It provides the opportunity to spiritual development seekers.

2. As a lot of foreigners also interested in meditation, we can attract tourists through it.

3. Indirectly it will affect the conservation of forests.

~ Thivanka Thejas

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Gender Neutral Society

I believe there are more than males and females in human species.

“Before European Christians Forced Gender Roles, Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders.”

Why not us?

“The Two Spirit tradition used to be a normal part of everyday life in Native tribes. It wasn’t until Europeans took over North America that Natives adopted gender roles. There was no real “normal” in their tribes. And unlike today, people who identified with the other gender were not viewed as some sort of abnormality, or as someone to be shunned or even accommodated.

In fact, people who had both female and male characteristics were viewed as gifted by nature, and therefore, able to see both sides of everything. According to Indian Country Today, all native communities acknowledged the following gender roles: “female, male, Two Spirit female, Two Spirit male and transgendered.”

In Native American cultures, people were valued for their contributions to the tribe, rather than for masculinity or femininity. Parents did not assign gender roles to children either, and even children’s clothing tended to be gender neutral. There were no ideas or ideals about how a person should live or love; it was simply a natural act that occurred without judgement or hesitation”

I believe Sri Lankans can be this compassionate too.

~ Madhangi Alwis

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Reducing Intersection Accidents

Many fatal accidents occur in intersections due to the speed of drivers but is rare when a police personal is controlling the interchanges. Bambalapitiya Police Accident – Kadawatha By-pass road accident was among them.

When the light is about to change from orange to red(with or without countdown), most of the people are used to accelerate and cross that junction to avoid waiting for another 45 – 60Secs.
When in the orange blinking situations, not many concerns about the other roads – in nights its worst.

I’m suggesting to implement a low for a speed limit (controllable speed about 40Kmph) to cross an intersection when there is no police personal is controlling the traffic. Crossing in a high-speed is not a big solution to reduce jams.

Even if the error made by the victim, human life is much more valuable than anything else.

~ Pathum Kalubowila

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Promote Herbal Industry as a Thrust Industry

It is an inherited industry on which we have the raw material /plants, technology, know how and bonded tradition. Our plant species are unique to our climatic, podsolic (soil) conditions rich in principle chemical substances and are far better than the ones in the Indian sub Continent
Internationally it is a $200 Billion industry. We have touched the surface only. Now even MNC too have taken as a priority product. Its scope is yet to be discovered. Its investment is very low in the cultivation segment.

This industry creates 5 product categories: Pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticles, aromatic and beauty care products, essential oils, chemical substances plus services in the hospitality industry.  It will have far reaching economic and social impacts  as cultivation and processing can spread through out the country mostly in dry and arid zones and marginal and high saline coast line, creating job opportunities in cultivation, collection, semi processing, manufacturing trading and exporting. It will provide a direct input to the wellness tourism industry. It will not be a foot loose industry.

~ Yasapala Nanayakkara

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National Policy on Media

All developed countries make sure their TV audience gets quality products which helps their nation to grow.

– Quality kids programs during certain time periods (mornings and early evenings)

– Educational programs to youth

– Quality entertainment programs with right taste

We need to change the way we think as a nation. TV is the main feeder for this and our media is not giving our nation any value.

~ Chameera Buddhadasa

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Private Universities

Allow opportunities for reputed international universities to open private, high-standard universities in Sri Lanka. This will bring a lot of revenue for the country and students will have more options in their own country rather than having to travel abroad.

~ Nishadee

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State Administration to Improve Public Service

Currently,  the public faces immense inconveniences and discrimination at the public service sector, causing delays in operation and creating discomfort among the people. The work ethic, efficiency, and overall demeanour of public servants must be improved using proper governance techniques, training, and management.

~ Sarath Hemachandra De Silva

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Recognise Freelancers as a Workforce

I have been working as a full-time freelancer since 2014 and have brought $100K+ to the country since then, but unfortunately there is no recognition for our efforts. It is even difficult to apply for and bank facilities due to the impossibility to submit requested financial credentials and dependability of the job. I believe that if the government can recognize freelancers as a work force in the country, this issue will be minimized.

I humbly request you to provide a solution for this issue in your government.

~ Nashi

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Better Use of Re-cycled Water

We use purified water to flush toilets, wash cars, and to water the garden, etc. Just think how many liter of purified water we misuse daily.

I propose to use rainwater or recycled water systems in main cities.

~ Dasun Abeywardana

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Effective Implementation of National Policies

Very often when new governments come to power, the Ministries so appointed either formulate or revise the national policies pertaining to the relevant subjects spending enormous money and time.  These policies have rarely been implemented despite being comprehensive. If action is taken to strategically implement the formulated policies with regular monitoring, the set targets can be successfully achieved. Therefore, it is necessary to setup Policy Implementation Units (PIUs), at least in the key Ministries such as Education, Health, Agriculture, Transport etc., that should identify and coordinate with the responsible parties, workout the strategies with them and take action towards effective implementation.

The progress of the Ministries and the responsible parties regarding effective policy implementation needs to be assessed in regular time intervals at the highest level of authority in the presence of all relevant stakeholders. This approach will ensure achieving the intended goals of the national policies of the Ministries and in turn, the national policies of the government as a whole, towards socio-economic development of the country.

~ Dr (Mrs) S. I. Wickremasinghe

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Cyber Self Defence Force

The modern warfare will definitely use cyber space to attack any government/country. Attackers can paralyze an economy by attacking vital servers/data centers which are used for  almost all services such as water/electricity/gas/internet supply. We should keep in mind that the modern societies are using IoT, AI, n-Society, e-Governement etc. and the usage of these technologies becoming more and more wide-spread.

Many developed countries maintain an army of “Cyber Soldiers” to monitor the net-traffic and identify malicious attacks targeting government networks. Sri Lanka has more than sufficient IT graduates we hire and train to be Cyber Soldiers.

~ Tunga Randeniye

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Cyber Self Defense Force

The modern warfare will definitely use cyber space to attack any government/country. Attackers can paralyse an economy by attacking vital servers/data centers which are used for almost all services such as water/electricity/gas/internet supply. We should keep in mind that modern societies are using IoT, AI, n-Society, e-Governement, etc., and the usage of these technologies are becoming more and more wide-spread.

Many developed countries maintain an army of “Cyber Soldiers” to monitor the net-traffic and identify malicious attacks targeting government networks. Sri Lanka has more than sufficient IT graduates who we can hire and train to be Cyber Soldiers.

~ Tunga Randeniye

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Politicians’ Media Voice Cut Culture

Current practice:
What politicians currently do is that they make voice cut every day by having press conferences. They only speak about the opposite political parties, criticising them very badly. We hate this as people. This is a very cruel tradition.

Expectation:
What we expect is that politicians should speak  typically about their ministry as well as the progress of his field and improvement, being a role model to others, and setting up example to opposite members & the people.

~ Madushanka Vidana Gamage

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Compulsory English Medium School Curriculum

It will be highly beneficial for students if at least above grade six, the Maths and Science school curriculum is taught in English medium. This will make it a lot easier for students to acquire more knowledge, broaden the understanding of the English language, and make the transition to university easier. It will also bring more opportunities globally to our students.

~ Dulmina Gunawardena

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Create Elder Day Care Centres in Every City

The aging population in Sri Lanka will be a big issue in coming years. In our society, children used to care for the elderly parents. However, this has become a challenge for them; they are busy with earning living and taking care of their own children as well. We have a very poor elder support systems implemented so far.

In some countries, there are elder day-care centers available just like toddler day care centers. Elders are kept in such places during the day time with good care and children take them back home after work. Apart from the care they are given in those places, elders will have peers to interact, which is a pressing issue of this age.

It would be wise decision to implement elder care centers in Sri lanka too.

~ Madhangi Alwis

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Resource Management for Fisheries and Tea Industries

Fisheries Industry:
A comprehensive, extensive and accelerated program should be launched to develop marine sector, mainly giving emphasis to fisheries and boat building industries aiming at both local and export markets. The traditional fishing methods are required  to be replaced rapidly with new fishing methods.

Tea Industry:
Tea is mainly exported as bulks now. This should be changed and tea should exported as a value added product. For example, packing into sachets or small packs. This needs factory changes as already mentioned. This will also help eliminate tea adulteration problem.

~ Samarajeewa