What does wasting mean? Undernourished/ Malnourished
Please read the link below in full in yesterday’s Daily Mirror Newspaper, to appreciate and understand the true extent of Child Malnourishment in Sri Lanka today. While politicians are fighting each other and jockeying for position, our kids are starving, due in most part to their policies.
Shame Shame Shame, for the most populous and supposedly the most prosperous district, in 10 years to increase malnourishment from 11% to 16%.
We are regressing as a Nation in indicators. If Gampaha cannot manage this issue who else can.
So why? Well let’s start with common sense and address this problem rationally.
Its public servants who don’t do what they have been tasked with – STUPID!
Sri Lanka has a very comprehensive system of Public Servants to cover every eventuality. Each of the 335 Divisional Secretariats in the Country has Officers entrusted to all areas that affect the people who live in their catchment areas. So there is an officer ONLY responsible for Children’s Welfare, and there are 33 other positions, like Youth Affairs, Women, Disaster, Agriculture, Health and so on and so forth!
In addition to that each GN division (approximately 100 homes) has a Grama Niladari who is the State Representative who should know about every household, and their economic status and needs. On top of this each GN division also has a Samurdi Niyamaka, whose task is to ensure that the needy receive the basic welfare that the state provides and in entitled to any program that helps them obtain their basic needs.
So “WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY DOING?”
Well they are obviously doing less now than they did in 2006. So what has changed? Well under the previous administration, jobs were given to Samurdi Niyamakas based on POLITICAL PATRONAGE. Obviously during this period the people who are tasked with ensuring that people don’t go hungry, are in fact only stuffing their stomachs and wallets, by ensuring welfare only goes to their friends who don’t need it and not to the poor who need it. Have you now heard this story before.
Well now you have heard the consequence of political patronage – STARVATION OF OUR KIDS – OUR FUTURE
WHAT IS THE YAHAPALANAYA GOVERNMENT DOING ABOUT THIS?
Surely, they could have fired all the Samurdi Niyamakas saying that they have failed in their tasks of ensuring that the needy are assisted.
We know that Gampaha was the worst in stuffing the Public Sector with jobs for the boys, and don’t we know Basil Rajapakse was at the forefront of this exercise.
So why don’t we directly blame Basil Rajapakse for malnutrition as we have the facts to hand?
Because we have people in power who don’t understand what their job specification is and how they can correct the ills of society for which they have been elected.
I am really ashamed about this fact of malnutrition as it is simply unforgivable, and no one seems to have raised this issue before and done something about it.
Why do we send people to Diyawanna Oya Parliament? To swim in the Oya or to work for the welfare of the people they represent? Well on the second point they have not done their basics.
Is the Prime Minister even aware of this? Is the Child Affairs Minister aware of this? Has she given this information to the PM? We waste our time chasing away the State Minister of Child Affairs for wanting the LTTE back, but we say nothing about the fact that we are killing our children with increasing frequency. What kind of priorities are they?
Is mass killing of children less important to put in the news than a woman wishing the return of the LTTE?
GET YOUR PRIORITIES RIGHT FIRST