Addressing Democracy Deficit
We have understood that democracy deficit has resulted in weak institutions, absence of rule of law, independence of the judiciary, transparency and accountability in public administration, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms etc. We are committed to democratic governance by strengthening sustained support to democratic institutions, institutions involved in the administration of justice, enhancing the capacity of elected representatives at national, provincial and local levels, supporting civil society, protection of human rights and establishing nationally sustainable electoral processes.
Strengthening Security and Freedom to go “Hand in Hand”
We believe that socio-economic inequalities, injustice, unemployment, human rights abuse, political exclusion, corruption etc., are root causes for numerous conflicts. In Sri Lanka, violent conflicts, protests, demonstrations etc., has become one of the largest obstacles to achieve economic growth and development. Such conflicts have caused mayhem, death, destruction and had discouraged investments. We believe peace building is all about strengthening human development, human security and freedom. We also intend to fight crime, narcotics, separatism, ethnic/religious extremism and reduce the risks by addressing the root causes of violence. We will build resilient institutions and peaceful and just societies, which includes free media, political voice, a functioning democracy and rule of law.
Restoration of Law and Order for a Rule Based Society and Building a Futuristic Policy Platform for Offering Modern Alternative Approaches
We would address vital issues such as corruption, delivering economic growth, democratization of the economy, constitutional reforms, provincial governance, public sector reforms, reforms in health education, sports, transportation, agriculture, taxation, sustainable tourism, investment promotion, working with non-resident Sri Lankans, environmentally sustainable development, waste management, industrial relations, multiculturalism, social policy, ethical trading, science and technology, application of gender mainstreaming, arts and culture, media and communication, adopting the fourth industrial revolution, disaster management and social resilience, international relations, regional collaboration and integration, international trade and partnerships, food security, water security, energy security and enhancing morality, spirituality, happiness, and well-being.
Running our Government with Public Acceptance
Sri Lanka is currently facing a frightening predicament owing to unsustainable debt burdens, poor economic planning, and shrinking budgets. In this backdrop, the governments in succession have lost the faith of the constituents. We need a more disciplined, systematic approach to solving public-sector management problems. We also propose to build up a strong, independent, depoliticized civil service. It is the state that has the right to enforce legislative power in order to dispel economic inequalities and social problems which are the products of unequal distribution of wealth. They should ensure growth in human development and equitable distribution of the fruits of growth and serve as a foundation for a vibrant and prosperous democracy. We will recognize meritocracy to build up a pool of talented, ethical and hardworking public servants. We are fully well aware that citizens too are losers unless we promote attractiveness of the public sector and encourage young talented men and women to consider government as an employer of choice.
Government should Serve the People
We strongly believe that values in society has deteriorated due to selfishness and disregard to morals, ethics, kindness and compassion by our political leaders during the past few decades. The rulers should practice virtues such as 1) universal love - “Mettha” (sincere wish for the welfare and genuine happiness of all living beings without exception), 2) Compassion -“Karuna” (makes the hearts of the good melt when others are subjected to suffering), 3) Appreciative joy - “Muditha” (which tends to destroy jealousy), and 4) Equanimity – “Upekka” (viewing impartially). We strongly believe poverty is the cause of immorality, and crimes such as theft, falsehood, violence, hatred, cruelty, abuse and waste. Our style of governance will ensure eradication of crime, improve economic conditions of people, adequate wages will be paid to workers, agriculture, industries and entrepreneurs will be given necessary support for expansion. We believe our government should ensure promoting GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS PHILOSOPHY, which has received world-wide acceptance in modern world.
Governance on Behalf of the Common People
In our view, virtuous governance derives essentially from the theory of utilitarianism. Virtuous governance is measured by the extent to which a political regime could guarantee popular welfare and promote the greatest happiness of the greatest number of people in our society. Constructing virtuous governance had been a difficult task for the past several decades for several reasons. They had simply failed to govern as governments. They had lacked the organizational capacity, having defeated two rebellions in the south and ended a thirty year-long devastating war in the North and East, to uplift the country, promote economic development, sustainable growth and social welfare. Our present situation is one of deep trouble and in par with the worst countries in Africa. Common people distrusts the political leaders to a point of hatred because bandits alone now flourish under the crooks in National costume. Ours is a classic example where bandit miscreants had embezzled national wealth, devalued the lives of the people and destroyed the fabric of the society. Apart from the political wrongdoing, the living standards under the corrupt rulers had stooped below the times of the independence era. We are therefore presently at the pinnacle of political misrule and bad governance. The net effect is that it has created the need to reverse the trend of political despair and disillusionment democracy and virtuous governance.
Guaranteeing Better Public Service Delivery by the State
We recognize that a long-term approach is needed to improve public sector performance while cutting down waste, abuse and misuse considering the need to increase provisions for education, health care, transport, welfare of marginalized sections of the society including the ageing population etc. We will be totally accountable, transparent and committed to ensure better value for the “Taxpayers” monies. Tax revenue will be prudently expended by improving budget practices and procedures; by introducing results-oriented approaches to ensure budgeting, management and appropriate HRM practices.
Guaranteeing a Public Service for Everyone by the State with Participation and Partnership of the Private Sector
Delivery of public services needs vast improvements to overcome the vicious cycle of poverty and poor human development. This will require a change in the mindset of the bureaucracy. We will need overall transformation of various institutional arrangements to expedite plans and programmes. We will fight for free and fair trade, free access to education and health, equal access and fair competition in employment, implementation of enabling strategies to strengthen the middle-class and the poor, widening private sector participation and partnership, increase international aid, and press for further debt relief. But, this is not enough. We will also act to build those institutions - like the rule of law and property rights - that support development. We will deliver better outcomes and more effective governance, while using public money in the smartest possible way.
Enabling Most Disadvantaged in Society and the Middle Class and Running Virtuous Governance.
We will stand up for the citizens who have endlessly suffered. The values in society have deteriorated, owing to decades of corruption, abuse of power and mismanagement. Corrupt political leaderships due to exclusive materialistic pursuit of wealth and selfish approach has made the human society to disregard and forget the morals, ethics, kindness and compassion. We will take steps to look into both spiritual and material development needs. We will address burning issues such as, poverty, hunger, malnutrition, disease, illiteracy, unemployment, social discrimination etc. We will ensure that the disadvantaged are given an opportunity to lead happy and contented lives. The man-made panacea to provide peace happiness and harmony has failed. The goal of just and peaceful civilization therefore continues to be elusive. The solution lies on the middle path, which ensures striking a balance between spirituality and materialism to lead a contented life on the principles of sharing and caring. We believe the virtues elevate the man as ideal citizens irrespective of creed, race or sex. We are therefore confident that virtuous governance could transform our beloved motherland to ‘Regain the Paradise Lost’, where all citizens could live in perfect peace and harmony. That is the CHANGE WE SHALL MAKE IN THIS COUNTRY.
Ensuring Steady, Sustainable, Income and Quality of Life
We will enhance the lives of our people by improving the standard of health, comfort, and happiness – the general well-being: by protecting our environment by enabling conservation and development to go hand in hand while seeking a long-term consensus on sustainable development and issues of climate change, global warming, sea-level rise, drought, epidemics and other natural and manmade disasters - instead of short-term gains and surrender to vested interests. We will support the choices that women make about their work and home lives, not impose choices on them.
Making Poverty a History, is Our Moral Obligation
We believe healthy children become healthy adults. According to statistics (2016) the total poor population who live below the Official Poverty Line (OPL) of Rs. 4,166 per month in Sri Lanka was 843,913 (4.1%). The population living in the border line is over 30% of the population. As per the share of income, the poorest 20% of the population receives only 7.20 % of the GDP while the nearly 50% of it enjoyed by the top 20% income earns alone, creating huge disparity in distribution of the consumption of wealth. Our policies and strategies therefore should necessarily be aimed at building a sustainable future to fulfill the needs of everyone – not only those of a privileged few in the country. The absence of justice, rule of law, and accountability are key to deprivation and inequality. Sustained, inclusive, and equitable economic growth is a prime requirement for eradication of poverty. Improving access to sustainable livelihoods, increased entrepreneurial opportunities, productive resources and access to basic social services will be prioritized. We therefore need sound monetary policies, changes to the economic-governmental structure (structural reforms) and VIRTUOUS GOVERNANCE to rebuild fiscal buffers for eradication of poverty.

We also believe that high inequality, manifested in a large proportion of population having poor health, nutrition, and education have also seriously impacted to cause less labour productivity and slower economic growth. It is therefore our commitment that more equitable distribution of income may also act as a material and phycological incentive to widespread public participation in the development process.
Unlock Female Potential to Improve Living Standards to Meet the Challenges in Life Successfully without out-migrating to Middle East.
We are seriously concerned about the ambiguities of our women currently facing in ME under trying conditions, with the dream of escaping extreme poverty. This has caused immeasurable harm to the social and moral coherence of the family unit of a large majority of such rural and urban poor, by way of breaking families apart. All these have finally exposed children to suffering, neglect and abuse including destruction of their education and well- being, owing to the absence of maternal love, affection and protection. Most children of such families suffer from poor mental health, behavioural problems; such as aggression, quarrel with and hurt others and often become victims of anti-social activities as an inevitable outcome of this phenomena., as against those children, whose mothers are employed in Sri Lanka. It has also been revealed that most of these women too have gone through immense hardships, such as harassment, emotional stress, break up of families, divorce etc. It has also, been revealed that they have been subjected to physical attacks, rape, exploitation, non-payment/under payment of wages etc. Hence countries like India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Philippines in have already taken steps to ban employment for women as domestic workers in the Middle-East. Steps will be taken as a priority matter to stop sending women for ME countries as domestic workers under a SDP government.

We have undertaken to implement a comprehensive empowerment programme to unlock the potentials of the poor rural/urban women seeking employment in the ME. We would provide them with opportunities to switch into alternative livelihoods, with handholding support in financial, technical, advisory, counselling on micro and small-scale ventures, agriculture, fisheries, cottage industries, handlooms etc. We would also ensure implementation of Special Social protection schemes meant for the purpose of securing and strengthening women-headed families and units burdened with differently abled and mentally retarded members as well. We firmly believe that enabling the women to transform their livelihoods and wellbeing of their family unit, through knowledge and capacity building will lead to shape their children’s future successfully, while by inculcating morality, ethics and values in them.
Giving Play to Location Advantage of Sri Lanka as a Hub in the Indian Ocean
We will promote maritime trade, shipping, logistics and industries, while remaining a neutral country, and not facilitating any foreign country to use its soil or territorial water for installation of any maritime military or naval facilities, conduct operations or confrontational military or naval maneuvering that would lead to hamper the Indian Ocean Maritime Security and mutual trust between Sri Lanka and its regional partners.
What is Right in Sri Lanka is to Correct what is Wrong in it
The break-down of law and order in Sri Lanka has caused a serious threat for achieving sustainable growth and development. Restoring democratic governance has therefore become a herculean task. The lack of accountability and the culture of impunity, particularly against criminal acts committed by politicians and their henchmen, has created unnecessary disorder throughout length and breadth of the country. Every decent and fair-minded Sri Lankan live in pain, hopelessness, desperation, anxiety with a weird sense of optimism not knowing whether they are heading for greater disasters in the future. Owing to such failures, there is a serious erosion of public confidence in the elected representatives. We believe it is therefore desirable to bring in legislation for elected representatives to be restricted to a maximum of two terms at every level; local, provincial and national. Innocent public now believe that they cannot trust political leaders who have ruled this country any longer. We believe we would willingly involve youth in the task of nation-building. We will address multifarious problems faced by the nation and dedicate ourselves to fill the void to usher in the ‘PROMISED NATION’


Making an economically free and prosperous, socially inclusive, culturally tolerant and integrated, politically sound and democratic, equality to everybody in every respect and before law, rule of law and accountability, environmentally caring and sustainable, scientifically and technologically innovative and advanced, internationally mutually respected and reciprocal, enabling all the citizens to live in peace, harmony, with self-dignity and free from any fears, with love, compassion and spiritual awakening.




සිංහල සහ දෙමළ ප්‍රතිපත්ති ප්‍රකාශන මෙතනින් බාගත කරගන්න.  සිංහල  தமிழ்