Oct 08, Colombo: The Socialist Youth Union (SYU) says that the youths in Sri Lanka lack opportunities and that there needs to be a mechanism to save them from their current state.
National Organizer of the SYU, Bimal Ratnayake has said that the government should allocate funds from the budget to establish a state university to accommodate more students who get qualified to get university education.
Ratnayake expressed these views at a media conference yesterday (7th) to apprise the media regarding a motorcycle tour "Youths tour for freedom", organized from Colombo to Vavuniya to mark the 'Che' day that falls on today.
He has pointed out that the 10-year plan of Mahinda Chintanaya has stated that Rs.600 million would be allocated annually to make available an allowance for youths who are unemployed.
"However, no one has received this allowance. We demand the government to allocate funds for this allowance," Ratnayake has said.
He has explained that youths in the country are not free and have lost the freedom to study.
"Only about 20,000 out of about 150,000 who are successful at the A/L examination could enter universities. The freedom of education has been limited only to those who have money. Youths have no freedom to be employed," he said.
He added that the youths in the country have to be liberated from unemployment and that 65 percent of the prisoners in the country are youths since they have not been able to get proper education and employment.
"Even sports have completely become 'Rajapaksised'," Ratnayake said. "The youth of the country should be saved from 'Rajapaksaisation'," he added.
The SYU has organized the motorcycle tour to create awareness among the youth in the country about the revolutionary Che Guevara.
Ratnayake said that the Sri Lankan youths should be made aware of Che Guevara's experiences and understand the need to practice self-sacrifice, dedicate themselves to win social justice and to find freedom from suppression.