Written by Tharushan Fernando
26 Jun, 2016 | 9:04 pm
Day ten of the News 1st Think Again national public service initiative which has prompted a renaissance and discourse on civic responsibility kicked off on Sunday. The campaign also provides a platform for voters to express their frustration over broken promises.The News 1st Think Again initiative got underway in three districts on Sunday.
Teams in the Trincomalee District visited areas included Kinniya, Idiman, Aalankani and Ikshanthivu and inquired into the well-being of the citizenry and their satisfaction with their public representatives.Residents of these areas where the fisheries industry provides a livelihood, highlighted the shortage of drinking water and the failure to provide Samurdhi welfare payments appropriately, as their main grievances.
While touring areas including Yalwela, Kudalunuka and Morana in the Badulla District, it became evident to our reporters that the citizenry of these areas have been deceived by their public representatives.
A News 1st team also visited the indigenous community in Mahiyanganaya to inquire into whether election promises made to them have been fulfilled.The teams in the Kurunegala District visited numerous towns and villages including Kalugamuwa, Jayewardenagama, Kalupane, Kanavaseeradunna, Rikillagama, Ganewanna, Iripitiya and Wellawa.
The access road to the village of Kanavaseradunna has been in horrendous state even though over a period encompassing several elections, Politicians have promised residents that this three kilometre stretch of road would be repaired and renovated. However, these have proven to be simply “empty promises.”
Villagers in Jayewardenegama lamented on the hardships they are facing as a result of the failure of the political authorities to fulfill a promise to repair the road leading to the public cemetery.Villagers of Kalupane who have made a livelihood for themselves out of the pottery industry, also expressed their woes.
The News 1st Think Again national public service initiative will get underway on Monday as well.
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