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Gramaraj

The Saradiel Gramaraj system of governance


The Executive is vested in the Village Councils making about 75'000 people, executed on their behalf by a largely Ceremonial President who functions to sign laws in to existence but also on behalf of and in consultation with the Gramaraj oversees the Supervisory Commissions, like the Police Commission, The Human Rights Commission, the Judicial Services Commissions etc., etc. The President also has the Right of Referral to the Gramaraj for a larger mandate for any legislation he deems necessary. 

The Legislature, is Parliament whose members elect from amongst themselves a Prime Minister who commands the confidence of the house. 

The Judiciary is independent with the Administrative Services appointing judges up to High Court and District Courts level, with the Appellate Courts and the Supreme Court Judges being elected by the Gramaraj through the President, from the Judicial Service. 

One of the problems Sri Lanka is facing is the politicization of the Civil Service. The political secretaries of the Ministers becomes the Secretary of the Ministry with the senior Civil Service either spending their careers in purgatory or becoming useful to politicians to secure their positions. More often outsiders are parachuted in by the party in power. We want to change that to making sure that the Civil Service positions are only filled by SLAS officers. The same principle will apply to the Foreign Service with Envoy positions only going to the Diplomatic Service. 

The Gramaraj elects from within its members the Members of Parliament, the Urban Councils and the District Councils. The Gramaraj retains a Right of Recall over the people it elects. Each Grama Nildadari Area elects 5 members to the Gramarj by sector. Each G.N. Area represents roughly 1500 people, which is about 300 people per sector. One need only campaign across one's G.N. area and so the cost of running a campaign is limited and localized. This is a brilliant idea of Navin's original design. The Provincial Councils maybe done away with as the Gramaraj will fulfill that function. The Saradiel movement suggest we redraw Districts by watershed, as set out in the a Survey of Ancient Water works by A Denis Fernando.

The independence of the SLAS is ensured by the Supervisory Commissions reporting directly to the Gramaraj through the President. By forbidding political parachutists in to the SLAS and appointing Civil Society to those Commissions we ensure freedom from poltical interference as well as prevent rule by Mandarin. 

This schematic is an adaptation of the schematic of the Movement for an United Motherland by Navin Guneratne et al. 


Mahasammatta in Action

The Mahasammatta President's role is to set the standard for living in dhamma for the nation. The village council members and the Gramaraj will demonstrate Mahasammatta in action  at local level.