The economy can grow ONLY when Companies can increase their production.
It is NOT by giving jobs to more Government Servants, where you have to tax people more to pay for them, or borrow money to pay their salaries, which we are doing, and not supplying the labor for the companies so desperate for them to grow their businesses. More jobs and income means more growth.
So what should they do for the next year? We are all agreed that the Govt. is currently non-performing, in the sense that nothing is happening till the next election in 2020. We are in short on a stationary state, in a stupor.
So how about giving the 100 Ministers just one job, find more people to fill the vacancies, that is all. They are after all the people’s representatives who know everyone in the Country, or at least they say they do. So send them all around the Country to find the bodies to fill the vacancies. Able and willing that is.
Just ask any HR manager, the trouble they go to find good people. If the Ministers and MPs take this task to heart, we can at least fill the shortages, get the economy spurring along and hopefully on election day, say “they have found jobs for everyone who wants to work, for the first time in our history”, and then get the people to vote for them.
Thus there is a slim chance of redeeming themselves before the next election or face a humiliating loss, which they are preparing themselves for in the back of their minds. It does not have to be so, if they put all their energies into doing something positive for the people, and they automatically do something positive for the businesses, and so it is a win win scenario. INSTEAD MOST OF THE SELF SAME CULPRITS HAVE BEGUN THE FULL TIME JOB OF COLLECTING MONEY, BY FAIR MEANS OR FOUL TO FUND THEIR INEVITABLY LOSING ELECTION CAMPAIGN. So isn't this a more productive way to spend your time, which has a greater likelihood of yielding a better result?
If they fail to heed this advice, it is sheer pig headedness at play here, where they believe they know what is right, they don’t listen to anyone’s advice, as they believe everyone is flawed and all have an agenda, just because they too have an agenda. They don’t believe that there are people in this Country who only have one agenda, that is the wellbeing of the people who live in this Island, and who want to retain the best people here, instead of chasing them out as fast as they can leave, for pastures anew. Every government is guilty of chasing the best Sri Lankans out of this Country due to their Island mentality thinking that has stymied any progress and development, that allows people to improve their lives with their own hard work, in short a meritocracy.
We must retain the entrepreneurial spirit, not chase it and if we don’t fill the skill shortages that exist as a top priority there is no future worth discussing.