Former Chief Executive Officer of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation Dilantha Withanage has initiated a new political campaign titled as the ‘One Country, One Nation, One Law Public Commission’. Joining him in this venture are several founding members of the BBS as well as a group of former members.
According to Withanage who is a lecturer by profession, the aim of the initiative is to implement a "social discourse that builds a country where everyone can be happy."
Interestingly, the leader of the BBS, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera is heading the ‘One Country, One Law’ presidential task force established recently by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The inaugural press conference of the project was held on Wednesday (17) at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR) in Maradana.
Ranjith Vithanage, a renowned consumer rights activist and Sampath Gajadeera, a civil rights activist who also serves as a senior adviser to State Minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa, have joined Dilanthe Withanage as facilitators of the newly formed public commission.
According to them, it has been proposed to identify the issues faced by the public and seek solutions from amongst them to formulate a policy framework and development plan under the theme of ‘One Country, One Nation, One Law’ with the assistance of intellectuals and the public.
This development framework is expected to influence the creation and implementation of a social dialogue based on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which Sri Lanka has officially agreed to as a government.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the National Movement for Consumer Rights Protection Ranjith Vithanage said that the commission will include representatives from all sectors and will reach the grassroots level through representatives from each Grama Niladhari Division.
They said its members will represent various groups including all ethnicities, religions as well as women and men, youth, disabled persons and Sri Lankans living abroad.
Dilantha Vithanage told the media that the commission would treat all equally despite any ethnic, religious, political or other differences.
The group has said that any Sri Lankan is welcome to present their proposals to the commission.
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