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By Gandhya Senanayake


The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has employed prisoners to assist with the road development work underway in the City in preparation for the Indian International Film Awards to be staged in Sri Lanka early next month.

Omar Kamil, Chief City Administrator of the Colombo Municipal Council speaking to Daily Mirror online said that 60 prisoners have been employed for this purpose and they have been provided with meals and other basic necessities.

Kamil also said that the road development work in and around Colombo has been hampered by the recent inclement weather conditions but he expressed optimism the deadline by which time the work should be completed will be met.

We are hopeful that the deadlines set for the clearing up and beautification of the Colombo city will be met, an optimistic Kamil told Daily Mirror online adding that carpeting of the roads in front of the Colombo library will commence soon and the greenery will also be placed accordingly. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Saturday, 22 May 2010 05:45 PM

    Good move!may be this might help them to think constructively and become productive citizens. Every human being needs to feel that they also can contribute to the society and they are needed. Often these souls are lost due to various reason.

    Saturday, 22 May 2010 08:13 PM

    Hi Guys;
    Wake up. This is the trend in so called developed countries as well. They use this untouched labor to do non hard work (cleaning roads etc..). These guys can earn some money at the same time gvt can get the work done for cheap.
    DON'T oppose every thing the gvt is doing like bunch of donkeys. This is some thing U should appreciate (U've very few things to appreciate so don't waste the opportunity)

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 01:47 AM

    Most of the major road network in the USA was built with prison labor in the 19th and 20th century, and prisoners are still employed for keeping them clean. Why shouldn't SL do the same? All the do-gooders who know nothing about how the system works should volunteer themselves otherwise.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 02:10 AM

    Very good move! Authorities should continue to use them for country's development rather than giving them a restful laid back life.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 02:13 AM

    Lots of countries have employed this type of prison labour as its a good use of an existing resource. This is a Good move. We are just not used to hearing it and we have no idea about the implementation details that's it.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 04:02 AM

    There is no need to employ prisoners. There are enough and more employees in the CMC. There are thousands on the payroll but never report to work. Half of such employees' salary goes to supervisors. If one visits a CMC Depot you can find hundreds CMC workers doing nothing. Another hundred running private buses or engaged in other businesses but paid by the CMC at the tax payers' expense. We are ready to point out with documentary evidence of such employees if an independent inquiry is held.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 04:21 AM

    Excellent idea. Get the chaps to also clean all the drains in the city to reduce flooding in the future and also to clean the roads etc. This will save money which could be used for their benefit. Afterall, it's hard labour that most of them have to suffer as prisoners, isn't it?

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 05:02 AM

    It is hard to find people willing to work this kind of jobs in Sri Lanka. I know by experiance. Let prisoners work .China send their prisoners all around the world for work.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 06:32 AM

    Mahinda chinthana way of cost cutting theory... Lol...

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 07:28 AM

    Going back on time and following the practices of ancient Kings' rule where they used forced labour to get things done,

    Saturday, 22 May 2010 02:45 PM

    Cheap labour.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 10:33 PM

    Good idea, let the prisoners do something worthwhile, while getting paid a small sum of money for their labour.
    Hopefully this will teach them to do responsible work now and in the future.
    Let the IC - HR - Tamil Diaspora - anti GOSL elements, do their usual screams of "Slave Labor".

    Saturday, 22 May 2010 03:06 PM

    How they going to do it? Ten chained guys will work and thirty will guard them. Perhaps senior guys to monitor and supervise too. There are so many unemlpoyed people, why dont you give them these jobs and keep the prisoners in prison premisses and allocate them to do some other jobs. Is this to show the world that you are innovative and tactful? Colombo is stinking of garbage because of municipality's inability to supervise properly. Municipality staffers sign in the morning and do some other odd jobs elsewhere, oversears gettign a cut too.

    Sunday, 23 May 2010 11:31 PM

    I have also seen MC in Kandy employing the same practice. Good move, so the prisners understand what is working hard and earning hard

    Saturday, 22 May 2010 03:14 PM

    Good idea, why should prisoners not work for a living? They are housed, fed and taken care of by the tax payers of this country. Prison is not a holiday camp, its a place for rehabilitation & punishment for their crimes.

    Monday, 24 May 2010 01:42 AM

    Good idea.

    Monday, 24 May 2010 01:46 AM

    the fact that the CMC has at last got a kick in the pants is cheering and what is more cheering is that all those prisoners who just rot in jails are being made to do some useful service to the community. It is to be hoped that this will be the end of gross corruption and mismanagement in the most vital of areas.. Colombo city had become a dump and its time we had a decent administration..


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