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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2525

Salusala to be restored to the earlier glory

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Colombo, 10 August, ( If things happened according to what media (Paththarawala) said we would neither won the war nor defeated terrorism, Said Basil Rajapakse, MP and Senior Presidential Advisor while opening old Salusala with a new name “Lak Sasusala” at Jawatte, Colombo.

He said that Salusala has a very good track record in the past where even it had given a large amount of money to salvage Air Lanka and said that they want to make the country self-sufficient in all sectors of textile industry, where the sales would be through Salusala and expects to make huge profits. He said then Salusala would sometimes be able to reverse the present situation and afford a loan even to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

He said that reviving Salusala is reviving history as spinning cloths has definite historical bearings in that when Prince Wijeya stepped into Sri Lanka, he met Kuveni while she was spinning cotton to make clothes.

He said that cotton was grown in Hambantota in the 1970s which were used for the handloom industry in the country. Fifty percent of the cotton needs for textile industry in the country was thus supplied from Hambantota.

Mr Rajapakse said that later it was preferred to purchase cotton bales from India. In like manner cotton threads were imported and then later that was stopped and was importing cotton cloths and said that was the death of cotton cultivation in Sri Lanka.

He said that Salusala too faced gradually decline with privatization and later it was to be closed down. Mr Rajapakse said that after the complete overhauling and emerging with a definite progressive outlook, He was happy to note that during the last one month Lak Salusala has shown a steady progress.

He said that in the same way they have revived Salusala they would revive textile industry and get back to growing cotton to be self-sufficient in growing cotton and weaving textile in this country.

- Asian Tribune -

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