and hazardous drains
The introduction of the ‘People’s Forum’
column in your paper is heartening and gives much hope for the ignored
side of social living problems.
Many of the long standing residents around School
Avenue, off Station Road, Dehiwala remember the shortcomings pointed
out here, which are 2-3 decades old.
A 3’X2’ gaping rectangular manhole
(Telecom) on Boteju Avenue, off School Avenue, exposed for ages
to the elements, seems to be simply breeding mosquitoes, apart from
causing many bumps and jolts to vehicles passing by.
During heavy rainy spells, half of Station Road gets inundated due
to a fully clogged manhole and drain at the very end of School Avenue.
Residents have to wade through 2’ of water. Trishaw drivers
refuse hires on this stretch too.
To add to all this, the ill-constructed drains jutting out at least
1 ½’ on to the centre of the road (a civil engineering
misdemeanour) at both ends of the straight stretch of School Avenue
are flooded during the rains.
|The drain at Station Road, Dehiwala that is
- W. Meadows, Dehiwala
The Chief Municipal Engineer, Dehiwela/
Mt. Lavinia Municipal Council said they would examine the area and
take what action they could. For example, he explained that if a
concrete manhole lid would suffice, the Municipal Council could
attend to it. However, if an iron lid needs to be installed, they
would request the PRDA (Provincial Road Development Authority) to
attend to it as these lids are very costly.
The Executive Engineer, PRDA Moratuwa,
Champika Kumalakaran, whom the People’s Forum contacted regarding
this complaint, said that although the Dehiwala – Mount Lavina
Municipal Council claims that it is the PRDA’s responsibility,
the maintenance work, including the clearing of drainage systems
have to be done by the Municipal Council. PRDA is in charge of construction
of roads only, she said.
The complaint has been forwarded to the
Area Technical Officer for inspection. She assured that any action
that has to be taken on the part of PRDA will be taken immediately.
Difficulty in settling telephone
When the cashier at the Collection Centre Point
Pedro of the Sri Lanka Telecom Ltd. is absent the subscribers, who
call to settle telephone bills, have to go away disappointed. People
have to go a second time to make the payments. This causes much
inconvenience to subscribers. Would the authorities concerned take
some action to rectify this shortcoming?
- An aggrieved subscriber
The Point Pedro SLT Collection Centre comes
under the Jaffna Regional Telecom Office, the People’s Forum
learns. However, when the Jaffna Regional Telecom Office Manager,
N. Saravanabavam, was contacted, we were told that this issue would
have come up during the time when the Cashier at the Point Pedro
collection centre was on leave for three days. “But there
is no such issue now and customers can make their payments,”
the Manager told the People’s Forum.
Whither our NICs?
I am a resident of No. 44/5, Sagara Mawatha, Panadura.
During a short vacation in 2004 July, I took the opportunity to
apply for the renewal of my NIC, as well as my wife’s, as
we had applied for a new NIC for my two sons aged 21 and 16. In
order to forward the applications we spent two days collecting the
necessary documents for submission.
We handed my NIC and my wife’s to the Grama
Sevaka. On submission of the application, he gave us four slips
of acknowledgement and said the cards would reach our address in
Unfortunately, the 2004 tsunami engulfed our house
and as a result these slips are no longer in our possession. Eight
months later, only my NIC was received. When my brother-in-law inquired
about the other NICs, the Grama Sevaka had vaguely replied that
the documents had been misplaced. How is it possible, when we applied
as a family at the same time, somewhere between July 1 and 10, 2004
that only my NIC has been received?
We reside in the U.A.E. and so we cannot handle
the situation easily. These NICs are of great importance to us.
- G. H. B. Aponso
The Acting Divisional Secretary, Panadura
Divisional Secretariat, requested that you write to the Divisional
Secretary, regarding this matter so that he could make inquiries
from the Grama Sevaka.
Refund of W and O. P.
I joined the C. G. R. in January 1944 as an underguard.
I retired from service in April 1982 as Headguard CL 1. During this
period, I had contributed towards the W and O. P. My wife died in
July 1988. All my children are married and I have no dependents.
I would like to know whether I am entitled for the refund of W and
- A. Somasundaram
The Officer in charge of W and O. P. says
that since your wife died six years after you retired, you are not
eligible for a refund of W and O. P. Refunds are given in cases
where the dependent spouse dies before the retirement date of the
officer concerned. In such cases, refunds are made for the contributions
made during the period between the death of the spouse and the retirement
of the officer making the contributions, if there are no children
below 26 years.
Payment of W and O. P.
My wife was a teacher in the government service
from 1952 – 1979. She died on July 5, 2000. She had not joined
the W and O. P. scheme before she retired from service. I understand
that now I would be eligible for her W and O. P., if I make all
the contributions, which she hade not made. Please inform me whether
I would be eligible for my widower’s pension.
- P. Wijayagoonesekera
The People’s Forum contacted the
officer in charge of W and O. P. in this connection. She informed
us that the W and O. P. Act came into effect on 1.8.1983. Spouses
of those who were in service at that time, are eligible to pay the
contributions and join the scheme. However, this facility has not
been granted to the spouses of those who retired before 1.8.1983.
Several requests have been made in this
regard and it may be allowed sometime in the future, although there
is nothing definite as yet.
Renewal of NIC
Please enlighten me as to how to renew my national
identity card, which was issued in 1974. I have no birth certificate,
as it has been misplaced. I have been in government service and
am now retired. I called for a copy of my birth certificate, but
was told that it cannot be issued as folios have been damaged. I
would like to know whether there is any other method through which
I could get my identity card renewed.
- C. De S.Kuruwitage
The People’s Forum contacted the
Commissioner, Registration of Persons regarding your question. The
Commissioner informed us that you should meet the Grama Niladari
of the area, who will give you the forms required to be completed
with necessary instructions to apply for the renewal of your NIC.
If you have the original NIC issued to
you, with information printed on it clearly legible, you do not
have to submit a copy of your birth certificate, unless you request
for a change in the information already printed on the NIC, such
as date of birth, name, place of birth, etc. However, you are required
to submit your original NIC along with your completed application
for renewal of the NIC.
Fareena Ziard, Matale – Please send
us all details regarding your lost NIC for us to take up your case.
I submitted my papers as far back as 2000. Ever
since then, I have been writing to the Commissioner of Labour, Colombo
3, on numerous occasions by registered post, and I regret to inform
you that I did not even receive an acknowledgement for any of my
According to their statements, the money is with
the Central Bank now. I am now 86 years old and require money for
my diabetes medication, etc.
I shall be very grateful if you could please help
me, by requesting the Commissioner of Labour to send the Determination
Letter to the Central Bank quickly.
- E. A. Aranwela
The People’s Forum forwarded your
letter to the Commissioner of Labour. Having made inquiries, he
said he was unable to trace your file. He says when the papers were
handed over to them, you would have been given a card in receipt.
He requests the following information to enable them to trace your
1. Their Reference Number given on the
card you received
2. Your EPF Number
3. The Registered letter numbers of the letters you have sent them,
if they are available
Please send the information to the Commissioner
of Labour with a copy to us, if you would like us to follow up.