After we have published the news item about Neasala, we have received some interesting photos from one of our regular readers who wish to remain anonymous.
We publish only four of his photographs three showing the now defunct Siltulpawwa Nenasala and the last one a set of prospective users. A plaque says this Nenasala was opened on June 24, 2005.
Our reader writes…
I see no logic why anybody wanted to have a tele centre at a place like Situlpawwa. It is 13 km from Kataragama, (on a very difficult road that takes 2 hours to cover that distance) in the middle of a jungle, with no nearby villages. The only prospective users might be pilgrims (who do not come there to surf and who want to leave asap due to security reasons) and the monkeys one finds in abundance.
It is no secret that under the present government the majority of the Nenasala operators have been selected out of the proper selection process which involved an application procedure, interviews, screening etc. The licenses were given mostly on the basis of political relationships. The use (misuse? abuse?) of Nenasala concept has become a good loophole to ‘donate’ a building to a temple from e-Sri Lanka funds. (a soft loan from World Bank)
I do not know the actual cost of setting up a Nenasala. However, what I do know is an aggregate cost of Rs. 900,000 (75k per month) was borne by ICTA to provide VSAT connection to this Nenasala, which would probably have never been used.
Is this an isolated example or the norm, our reader wants to know.
Over to you, ICTA…