24 September, 2018

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Chandra Jayaratne Wants Eran To Practice What He Preaches

Good governance activist, Chandra Jayaratne has called on Deputy Minister of Public Enterprise Development, Eran Wickramaratne to practice what he preaches. In an open letter, Jayaratne recalling the deputy minister’s recent statement that the Government is open to discuss suggestions; and following such submissions ready to take reform action, congratulated the deputy minister on his announcement and reiterated that this was the ‘fervent expectations’ of the citizens who voted in the Yahapalanaya Government.

Chandra Jayaratne

Chandra Jayaratne

The letter dated on December 25 said that the civil society implores that the deputy minister take steps to review several suggestions and take timely positive governance based reform action with transparency, abiding by the aforesaid principles committed to by the government in its 2015 election manifestos.

Jayaratne also called on Wickramaratne to establish a parallel Court System dedicated to hear corruption related cases.

The good governance activist highlighted seven areas, which he urged the deputy minister to review, they were;

1. Review and publicly debate the presumptive three alternative scenarios of governance open to the government, as articulated recently by Dr. Razeen Sally( refer article attached )and take timely reform action to assure a future filled with peace, ethno religious harmony and sustainable macro economic growth and stability, whereby citizens can enjoy the benefits of equity, inclusiveness and prosperity, as residents of this independent non aligned nation.

2. In the context of recently reported incidents and unacceptable public announcements by some members of the government and some leading members of the Executive, take immediate steps to uphold the freedom of expression and the right to information of citizens, facilitated by effectively activated and duly empowered independent public institutions especially set up for that purpose. As a priority inform the public of any pending challenges in the power sector.

3. As a follow up to the process of selection by the Constitutional Council of designated public officials and members of public institutions, either expand the scope and terms of reference of the said Constitutional Council or establish an adjunct body with independence and capability to select other key high office holders including but not limited to the following;

a. All Secretaries of Ministries
b. All Chief Accounting Officers
c. All Heads of Departments
d. The Governor and members of the Monetary Board
e. The Heads of and the Senior Deputies of the Armed Forces and the Police
f. The Chairpersons and members of all Regulatory bodies and Institutions
g. All persons appointed as Ambassadors and High Commissioners
h. All persons appointed to represent Sri Lanka in International bodies including the bodies administered by United Nations, International Financial Institutions etc
i. Chair persons and Council Members of Universities, Vocational Educations Institutions, and Research Institutions
j. Chairpersons and members of State Banks and Banks Controlled by the State
k. Chairpersons and members of the Boards of State Corporations and State Owned Enterprises
l. Members of all Commissions of Inquiry and Advisory Committees appointed for Policy Development, Policy Implementation Oversight and Policy Reforms

4. Take urgent steps to expand the scope, coverage and accountability of the Code of Best Practice in Corporate Governance for State Owned Public Enterprises ( reference ) incorporating new/revised provisions suggested in the attached schedule.

5. Establish parallel Court Systems dedicated to hear corruption related cases, with daily hearings to a finish, operating on a two shift basis (9 a.m.- 1.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m.to 7 p.m.) facilitated by electronic interfaces and communications, where evidence, network facilitations and witness connectivity will be enabled via remote access information communications technology options – Refer an Indian example:

6. In order to provide a conducive environment to progress on a timely basis, the cases covering serious financial and other crimes currently pending successful judicial proceedings resulting in the optimal recovery of proceeds of crime, introduce an incentive scheme, whereby a percentage of proceeds of crimes and fines collected (say 20%) is pooled to be distributed to improve the infrastructure facilities, capability of human resources, and welfare as well as a special performance bonuses of those public servants engaged in investigations, prosecution and allied services.

7. In the context of reported serious flaws, lack of transparency, purported cronyism and other controversies surrounding mega tender awards under the Yahapalanaya Government, take urgent steps to establish a high level Policy Review Committee ( comprising of independent, capable persons with a track record of achievement and unquestioned integrity) to review and revise the processes and procedures governing the award of tenders connected with state and state enterprises, covering all mega projects and significant spends exceeding Rs one Billion, with the aim of strengthening the transparency, controls, compliances and adoption of international best practices, assuring sustainable socio-economic benefits to Sri Lanka and its citizens and optimum return on such investments.

The processes to be reviewed by the Committee to, include tenders awarded via:

1. International /Local Open Bid Invitations to Tender
2. Tenders requiring Long term local or foreign financing
3. Requests for Proposals based Tenders
4. Long Term Supply Contract s based tenders
5. The Swiss Challenge Processes connected tenders
6. Bi-lateral or Multi-lateral aid/financing connected tenders
7. Technology transfers leveraging tenders and Others

“It is recommended that the stakeholders of society, including chambers of commerce and industry, policy development and good governance focused institutions, academia, professionals and independent civil society activists, be consulted and engaged in the above process. It is the sincere hope of the civil society that the above suggestions will receive your early attention and will lead to transparent engagement and reform action facilitated by you,” Jayaratne added in his letter.

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  • 21
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    Mr.Jayaratne

    On the subject of preaching , please check the qualifications of some persons appointed to boards of state banks .

    • 12
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      If you dont have enough canddiates, what can be the alternative ? This is valid to any appointments be it in an out of cabinet too. Those young UNP MPs are powerful so as JVP theoreticians, but none of them are seniors to handle things the way those senior men had done being part of lanken abusive political culture.

      We the many being out of active politics are very easy and can talk a lot but when it goes to practice, like the case of Eran and Harsha we will have to face it real.
      I know this very well SINCE as an expatriate I myself thought to start a business between two continents. I collected myself all the needful docs. I chose best possible – able persons to work on that. But I have still been waiting -to get some beauracratic tasks in very basic level done. Time passes, but their working tempo seems to be motion of a faultier (sloth in amason forest).

      • 20
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        Harsha De Silva IS NOT A TALKER. He is a DOER.

        • 22
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          So lets see him doing. If he has an action plan, make it public with a time frame for the actions

          • 20
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            Mr. Jayaratne, as Raj has suggested, pin him down to a action plan, get him to make it public soon with a time frame for implementation.
            Guaranteed, he will not be able to. You have put him in a spot. Politicians can only hoodwink and Eran is a politician.

        • 9
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          I think in today s context all are caught by a devil.

          • 0
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            If My3 GROUPS will joinhand with MR led groups. UNP will have to break away – young UNP blood would not want to continue this way. If i were with them, and see nothing goes forward interms of holding proper investigations on Billions alleged to have grabed by Rajaakshes, I would have quit long ago. I know Harsha, Eran and few others will share my thoughts. They are genuine and will play good politics no doubt about that.

    • 14
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      Sri Lanka is NOT a democracy. It is a Kleptocracy for the politicians, by the politicians, with the politicians..

      The so called Miracle of Asia is a miracle of modayass!

  • 25
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    Mr. Eran Wickramaratne is one among a few in the present Government, on whom I placed lot of trust, confidence and dependency in the delivery of “Good Governance”. I have viewed many a TV discussions he attended with other participants and read through some of the speeches in the House as well as in public. In making an assessment, his intentions as expressed in all those speeches are good; but there appears to be some major “stumbling block” that he faces in the delivery of actions. This conclusion, I made, after reading through a statement issued by the present Chairman of SriLankan Air. He (the Chairman UL) said that a “Committee” of three members of the Board of Directors examined the contents of the famous “Waliamuna Report” and NO BASIS was found as regards the accusations directed at any of the “High Profile” persons named. He also said, that those findings were submitted to the “Committee” overseeing the activities of the air line and they were satisfied. Interestingly, Mr. Eran Wickramaratne is a member of this Committee and so far I have yet to hear him (Mr.Wickramaratne) making any observations on that statement of the Chairman of UL. That had upset me and has contributed to lose my faith in him as a competent, charismatic and a capable person to deliver intended tasks in terms of Good Governance. This was a “litmus” test and he has, to me, proved to be yet another one among the “gang” of “Political Animals”. So, even with this request of the “Social Group”, I do not have any more trust and confidence in him to act upon and prove his prowess.

    • 25
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      Sorry to hear this Douglas, as you are certainly not the only one who had faith in the likes of Eran, Harsha and some few others to not only say but also do the right thing and lead by example. Eran has all the credentials that make people want to believe in him but in playing a political game, he is letting down those who reposed their trust in him.

      I often wonder what it will take for the people of this country to realise that they need to demand the right people to represent them and once in office to hold their feet to the fire in order to demand that they deliver. Nothing ostentatious; no empty promises filled with pork from dreamland, but just plain and solid good governance where everyone is expected to contribute his or her mite be it in the public or private sector and be given fair and appropriate compensation to do the right thing by the country for its people and for its future inhabitants.

      Haven’t we had enough of this set of jokers who claim to be leaders but only ensure that they uplift only themselves?

    • 25
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      Agree Douglas. Eran Wickramaratne is a fake. Cannot be trusted. Like the
      rest.

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  • 8
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    CJ and EW.
    What is new? Nothing will happen.
    Bring back MR for things to happen.
    Be practical.

  • 19
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    He is a son of a respected pastor, and has an education rare in today’s politicians. Notwithstanding those credentials, Wickremaratne and De Silva have shown they are no different from the rogues who sit next to them in parliament. They are quite happy to play along, no matter their eloquent speeches to the gallery!
    Ironically in a cricket mad country, we seem to have forgotten that a batsman or bowler cannot win matches alone. The entire team must be committed and WE ALL KNOW this cannot happen with the present set up. Still, we write, talk and complain thinking a miracle can happen.

  • 9
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    Bring back MR for what. Is it to bring back threatening calls, invite mo bike gangs, white vans, add to 24 journalists killed without investigations, burn presses, build monuments to dead parents with public funds in a country where poor people find it difficult to get money to bury their dead,another helping Hambantota Etc Etc.People forget very fast.

  • 6
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    This ‘parachute’ expatriate in goody goody garb is yet another joker the yahapalanaya government tried to promote as a Wiz-kid. He seems to have acquired the status of a non-entity. High time he gets back to where he came from; if he can, that is.

  • 5
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    Chandara J…..has miscalculated of Eran W…..?

    Why Eran W…@ all political roller coaters are depend on New Testament of political “Bible of Democracy”. All UNP’s leaders are politically incorrigible no way access them by in power.

    After leaving power grid they talk of corruptions and grafts by using come power by hoodwink people and advocating “god(Eran) governance” and “rule of law” of Sri Lankan.

    Well Eran has give up those political slogans by wish of GOD.

    The very fact cannot denied by Eran is belongs to Christen democracies of principally .

    He will ever-never diverted from that point of democracy of Christianity—that is methodology can justified all sales of Indulgences of Old Testament which that came before renansainaces of “Feudal -democracy”.

  • 27
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    Eran Wickramaratne cannot deliver. He can talk. Try getting something done at his Ministry Office. Impossible. A bunch of incompetent political appointees who dont even know their basics.

    You listen to him deliver a speech. Professionalism, competency & education is part of his vocabulary. It ends there.

    We will not be hoodwinked by Eran’s fancy talks anymore.

  • 23
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    Mr. Jayaratne, please check this out.

    Eran Wickramaratne appointed his close associates as Directors in State Institutions. Where is the practice of good governance.

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      Man it does not matter appointing close associates so long they are genuine. And if you would appoint instead ones far from aquaintance, you will have to expect the unexpected. What should be done is to priority to be given to qualifications forgetting everything. THAT IS THE WAY GERMANS OR JAPANESE MOSTLY DO. IT HAS BEEN 99% successful.

      • 13
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        Sinchuappu,

        man we are talking about professionalism, experienced, qualified in their respective fields, integrity,good track record and good governance as the promise of the yahapalanaya government. Plenty of genuine unqualified people around. Thats not the issue here.

      • 10
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        When appointments are made to State Boards, qualifications in their respective fields, integrity, credibility, proven track record is important. Else, its not Good Governance. Then they should be called political appointments.

  • 21
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    Congratulations Mr. Chandra Jayaratne. We need more more good governance activists like you.Please write to our dear Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe on his style of governance.

    Eran Wickramaratne in my opinion is highly over-rated. Unlikely he can deliver what he says. Mere words behind microphones and interviews. Doubtful we can expect anything from him.

    I sincerely hope i am wrong in my view. I cast my vote for him. I am very disappointed.

  • 19
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    Mr. Jayaratne, we don’t have the calibre of the likes of Prof. Razeen Sally as legislators in our country. We have to make do with what we have.
    Good Luck to you.

  • 9
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    Mr.Jayaratne

    Successive governments have taken the population of this country on a ride . It is heartening to know that there are educated high profile persons like yourself who are bold enough to call a spade a spade . Long may you have the courage to carry on your crusade against these charlatans who are simply robbing this country blind.

  • 0
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    I for one voted for this guy and Harsha. What a sad performance.Never again. This is the view of 90% who voted for them.Go to a gov department it’s going from bad to worse . Can’t these guys open there eyes and deliver the goods .

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