We’ll make cold December hot up with struggles – SYU
Bombay Nice-type promises were made regarding the youth community in this country in the budget document presented by Ranil Wickramasinghe for the year 2023, and threats were made from within the parliament, states the Socialist Youth Union (SYU), adding that they are prepared to launch peaceful struggles in the cold December to hot up the society and build a government that fulfils the people’s expectations.
The SYU stated this at a press conference held at the JVP head office. The National Organizer of the SYU, Eranga Gunasekara, and its International Affairs Secretary, Anjana Amarasinghe, expressed their views at the press conference.
Ranil has made Parliament the area where his voice is heard – Eranga Gunasekara
Although some say that the budget has been passed and power has been consolidated in the parliament, what is in this budget? Is there a situation where young people can have hope? In a paragraph called ‘actively encouraging the youth’, it is said that 120 million rupees will be allocated for the youth in relation to agriculture, and 240 will be selected to be represented in each district. Thus, Rs. 500,000 is used to direct youth to agriculture, which means that not even a single season can be used for agriculture. It has been mentioned that 1000 young women will be selected, and each of them will be allotted two hundred and fifty thousand rupees. This amount is not enough to start at least a beauty salon.
It is mentioned that 50 million rupees will be allocated for foreign job training of young men and women. At least 30,000 young people are recruited for foreign jobs every year. If we think 10,000 people will be trained, only 5000 rupees will be allocated per person.
There is a lot of talk about technology. But 12 billion has been allocated to the Ministry of Technology in the budget. Telephone charges have increased. Taxes have increased. To summarize Ranil Rajapaksa’s budget vision, 410 billion will be allocated to the Ministry of Defense and 12 billion to technology. Also, 126 billion has been allocated for public security, but only 6 billion for the Ministry of Fisheries. 322 billion for health, 232 billion for education, 125 billion for social security and 115 billion for agriculture. 410 billion is allocated not for public safety. This money has been allocated to protect Ranil Rajapaksa, who was installed in the parliament and his clan. Especially a lot of money should have been allocated for developing human resources, which are in high demand in the world market. The export income of Saudi Arabia, which has oil, was 113 billion dollars in 2019. But India’s I.T. industry, selling its technology, earned 130 billion dollars in foreign exchange.
There is nothing in this budget other than gratifying chums and the IMF. In the last eight months, around 500,000 young people have lost their jobs, and there is a massive brain drain. About eighty from the Central Bank alone have gone to work abroad. Ranil Wickramasinghe has presented nothing but a Bombay Motai budget.
Ranil Wickramasinghe has made the parliament a zone for his hubbub. Lessons can be learnt from what happened recently to those who made more noise. We engage in our struggles using democratic rights. We have launched a struggle, using the rights we have, to win amicable lives instead of undergoing suffering.
Starting from the 26th, the Socialist Youth Union and the progressive people are joining together to warm up the cold months and start the hot struggle in the streets. Then this struggle will be launched throughout the cities and districts of Sri Lanka. We believe in Parliament. We believe in the democratic struggle. And believe in people’s power. Opportunity should be given to a new mandate immediately. We are launching the struggle to win a new mandate. The struggle to create a new citizen has been launched. We are launching the struggle to end 74 years of rule and establish a people’s rule.
It was Ranil who said to give chewing gum & bracelets to young me and women – Anjana Amarasinghe
People have no interest in this budget. As a youth organization, we only see some new words used throughout the budget. It talks about a social market economy, social security, and a social market. But no provision has been made to take any action in this regard. Just like chewing gum and bracelets were promised to the youth some time back, a Bombay Motai budget has been presented.
Borrowings are proposed to carry on to the future. In the budget and after the budget, Ranil’s speeches only contain statements to appease the Rajapaksa gang who gave him the presidency. The Rajapaksa gang is comforted by the words of the president. People are taxed, fined, and plundered. Friends have been allowed to default. If anyone is still waiting for the IMF loan to build the country, it is just a dream.
It is said that the army will be deployed to scare the people. We must remember that this ruler betrayed the Millennium City Army contingent. We request the security forces not be fooled by this cunning leader and understand the leader who betrayed the army.
We must take to the streets to win an election to change this regime. We have planned to hold a series of nationwide protests for our rights by collecting the experience gained during the past struggles. Starting from December 26, we have planned to hold the campaigns at Kurunegala on January 7, Anuradhapura on January 10, Gampaha on January 11. In Colombo district, campaigns to warm up the cold December will be held at Bambalapitiya, Homagama, Maharagama, Kesbewa, Athurugiriya, etc. We hope to continue our with the progressive people to win rights and establish a people’s rule.
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