SL needs to adopt mul­ti­fac­eted strate­gies to over­come present cri­sis - Milinda Mor­agoda

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

One such ini­tia­tive should be the in­tro­duc­tion of com­pul­sory mil­i­tary ser­vice. Many coun­tries have made it manda­tory for all men to serve in the mil­i­tary for a spe­cific pe­riod of time

For­mer Min­is­ter Milinda Mor­agoda who is the founder of Pathfinder Foun­da­tion said Sri Lanka needs to adopt a series of mul­ti­fac­eted strate­gies to over­come the present cri­sis.

He said,“our lead­ers need to unite across party lines and agree on a pack­age of rad­i­cal short, medium and long-term mea­sures that can be im­ple­mented on an im­me­di­ate ba­sis.

One such ini­tia­tive should be the in­tro­duc­tion of com­pul­sory mil­i­tary ser­vice. Many coun­tries have made it manda­tory for all men to serve in the mil­i­tary for a spe­cific pe­riod of time. More re­cently, some have made it manda­tory for women to serve. In coun­tries that have in­sti­tuted Na­tional Ser­vice, avoid­ance is con­sid­ered to be a crim­i­nal of­fence. Sri Lanka should aim to set up a com­pul­sory mil­i­tary ser­vice model that re­quires all men, in the first in­stance, upon reach­ing the age of 18 years, to serve in ac­tive duty as full-time ser­vice men in the army, navy, air force or po­lice. Fol­low­ing this, they will tran­si­tion to an op­er­a­tionally-ready re­servist state up un­til the age of 40 for non-of­fi­cers and 50 for com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers.

This pro­gramme should be im­ple­mented com­pre­hen­sively and ap­ply to all Sri Lankans re­gard­less of so­cial po­si­tion, eth­nic ori­gin or re­li­gious back­ground. Ful­fill­ing Na­tional Ser­vice re­quire­ments should be a pre-req­ui­site for re­cruit­ment to any Pub­lic Ser­vice job. Im­ple­ment­ing a Na­tional Ser­vice pol­icy is ex­pen­sive for any coun­try and will re­quire se­ri­ous at­ten­tion and plan­ning.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Sri Lanka

© PressReader. All rights reserved.