Need to conserve valuable resources
Last week, all mainstream media and social media were full of a few common things. These are visuals, photos, videos etc. about ongoing power cuts and fuel shortages. It is true that Sri Lanka is currently facing some difficulties due to the impact of COVID-19 and the long term effects of various shortcomings and weaknesses of all previous governments who have ruled the country for the past 73 years. from 1948.
Since enough has already been said and done about this, it is important to discuss some well-planned and unintended things that are happening here in Sri Lanka at the moment that are making people’s lives harder and upset. any further. These things have pitted them against the current government. It is very interesting to analyze these things that can be seen all over the country all the time these days.
WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign and said it was well organized and very successful. He said it was a good example for the whole world. But very little publicity was given by mainstream media for it including state media and no publicity was given for it by social media users. Mainstream Sri Lankan media and social media rarely publicize positive things and government achievements. But they give wide publicity to all negative things. It is very pathetic to see that no effort is made to give publicity to show the public the very reality by the government and not things staged by some interested parties.
Let’s analyze who complicates people’s lives and who tarnishes the image of the government. For a long time, various Cabinet Ministers, other authorities and several senior officials have been predicting possible shortages of various items such as fuel, water, medicine, etc., creating fear and uncertainty among the people. . This created artificial shortages of the same things as people began to stock up on those same items. This kind of artificial scarcity cannot be avoided after purposely freaking people out.
Electricity and energy sector
This is not the very first time that Sri Lanka has suffered power cuts. There have been blackouts in the past under previous regimes and there will certainly be blackouts in the future due to the crafty and selfish conduct of power and energy officials who do not want to promote renewable energies such as wind and solar energy. That’s why they don’t give permission for solar energy. The sun, wind and water will never give them commissions or bribes and therefore they will never approve of anything other than power plants that use fuel and coal that offer them high commissions.
Most people are sane and can handle things if they have the required information in time. But they become helpless when things happen suddenly. Notifying people what time power cuts occur is very simple. It’s one of the simplest things you can do to lighten people’s burdens. But this does not happen and people face various difficulties. Why can’t the relevant authorities tell people the night before exactly what time the power cuts are implemented in the affected areas the next day? Why? Perhaps these concerned officials and authorities want to make the government unpopular. Who knows?
The other problem is that power cuts are not being implemented in certain defined areas across the country. When inquired properly, it is found that power cuts are not implemented in these small areas as they are not included in the list by mistake. But people think that power cuts are not implemented in these areas all over the country because some politicians and personalities reside in these areas. If so, that shouldn’t happen. It is rare for ordinary people to find out about such things on their own. It is therefore the responsibility of the media to do so. Otherwise ordinary people will believe anything that appears on social media or is said by anyone. If accurate information is not conveyed to the public, it can be tricked and deceived very easily.
The other burning issue is that the same kind of gaps and weaknesses can be observed in fuel delivery. Maybe these shortcomings were well planned by some competent officials in order to tarnish the good image of the government and turn the people against the government in this difficult time. Looking closely at this issue, we can very clearly see that there was a shortage of fuel, but fuel was available at almost every gas station in the country from time to time. But no fuel management was done. If proper management was done, people’s burden could be reduced by at least 50 percent.
Fuel is issued to each Tom, Dick and Harry. Some of them sold fuel at higher prices right after getting fuel from the stations. They had no vehicles or other machinery that required fuel. They bought fuel to resell it at a higher price. No one or system was there to detect them and prevent them from getting fuel. Maybe these scammers had ties to gas stations.
When the fuel arrived at the stations, the fuel was issued without any limits. Some wealthy people bought very large amounts of fuel. According to some reports released and published last week, a female parliamentarian said she had been buying fuel for a year. But ordinary people cannot safely buy or store fuel like her. When fuel was issued without any checks, people who stood in line for days to buy fuel could not buy fuel. By the time they reached the gas station, all fuel stocks had run out. Why couldn’t the competent authorities introduce a very simple control or limitation? Why? Maybe because they want to use the situation to make the government unpopular.
Some service stations did not deliver the fuel they had, expecting prices to rise. This created artificial fuel shortages amid the crisis. There are still no rules, regulations or monitoring systems to prevent such occurrences.
Another critical issue is not conserving energy and fuel in Sri Lanka. No effort is made by the competent authorities to do so. No action has been taken so far. No one is willing to implement certain instructions given in the circulars. A separate investigation should be conducted on relevant authorities and officials who do not follow government instructions. Maybe they have a hidden agenda to make things more difficult for the government.
The Government has already issued several circulars related to saving electricity, fuel, water, etc. etc consumed by state institutions. They still drive around the country in luxury vehicles that burn a lot of fuel and they never turn off a single air conditioner. The waste of electricity and fuel that occurs in almost all state institutions is very high due to the ignorance of officials. Everyone can see this situation if they visit a state institution such as a ministry or department. Action must be taken against these individuals who are wasting the country’s resources.
Save fuel, electricity
All Sri Lankans must contribute to the conservation of electricity, fuel, water, etc., as wastage takes place everywhere. Only the breadwinner turns off unnecessary lights and saves water. It is because he pays them. Other family members waste everything because they never pay the resources. This is the situation in almost every Sri Lankan home.
Some luxury vehicles consume a large amount of fuel but travel very few kilometers on a liter of fuel. The importation of these vehicles should be restricted and limitations should be introduced when offering fuel for these vehicles from service stations. But this is not possible because the owners of such vehicles are very rich and powerful. They will certainly use their power or their connections if certain limitations are imposed on these vehicles. Unfortunately, wealthy businessmen started to rule the country by proxy after 1977 and now the government has to find innovative ways to bring them under common rules and regulations.
The other pathetic situation is that some people think the government should provide fuel, power, water no matter how hard it is and they have the right to waste it. No politician or social media creator is talking about saving fuel, electricity, etc. They only talk about the non-availability of these items. This shows that only a handful of Sri Lankans are interested in saving the resources of the motherland. All previous governments were made up of representatives of such a selfish society. These previous governments did not fall from the sky. So how could Sri Lanka become a developed nation under these conditions?