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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2640

Sri Lanka President on Eradication of Poverty and Terrorism

Colombo, 08 January, (Asiantribune.com): President Mahinda Rajapakse declared that the eradicating terrorism and poverty are the two challenges before the country. He said that Government of Sri Lanka has accepted both challenges and working to eradicate them.

President Mahinda Rajapakse described how the terrorists earlier had full control of both the Eastern and Northern Provinces at the time he became President and anounced the terrorism has been completely wiped out from the Eastern Province by now and the process of eliminating them from the Northern Province is underway.

"The challenge of eradication of poverty was a serious one and the Government was taking steps in this direction. Marching ahead with the development drive while preserving the country's social values is a big responsibility," he said.

President Rajapakse said that rising prices of goods is a world phenomenon.

“Today we face the challenge of developing the country. To meet this task we have to utilize new technology and increase production. We have set off on this arduous journey," said President Mahinda Rajapakse participating yesterday in the inaugural ceremony of the Bataatha Agro-Technical Gardens in Hambantota.

He added that the Government has not abandoned economic development because of the war. He enumerated the various gigantic development works that were inaugurated during his time while preserving local ethical values.

The President listed some of the development projects undertaken by his government. The Hambantota Harbour, Weerawila Airport, power plants at Norochcholai, Upper Kotmale and Kerawalapitiya and the Moragahakanda Reservoir project are some of them. The President also confirmed that the Uma Oya Project would be inaugurated in March when the Iranian president would pay an official visit to Sri Lanka.

Commenting on the war against terrorism President Rajapaksa remarked that the Government is doing its best to liberate and restore normalcy in those areas and the Government never allowed development work to suffer.

The President requested all parties to unite in the name of the nation, shedding political differences to bring peace to the motherland and relief to the masses.

While addressing in the opening ceremony of the new Agro-technical Park at Bata Ata, Hambantota Mahinda Rajapakse appealed to all political parties and people to join him in his effort to provide the innocent Tamil people of the North and the East with the same freedoms that are today enjoyed by people in other areas.

“Today we face the challenge of developing the country. To meet this task we have to utilize new technology and increase production. We have set off on this arduous journey," said President Mahinda Rajapakse participating yesterday in the inaugural ceremony of the Bataatha Agro-Technical Gardens in Hambantota.

President Rajapakse remarked that there were attempts by certain quarters to label the Government on Human Rights violations by putting all types of killings including LTTE atrocities and homicides on personal rivalries on the Government and simultaneously to whitewash the crimes against humanity committed by the LTTE.

He also said that the Government does not want to sweep under the carpet complaints of alleged human rights violations and that it has provided new legislation and necessary investigative institutions to deal with such complaints unlike in the past where serious human rights violations took place with large numbers of disappearances and tyre pyres.

As regards media freedom President asked those concerned to glance through Sunday newspapers to see in abundance the freedom enjoyed by the media.

On this occasion a well planned vegetable garden and medicinal herb garden were declared opened by the President. This was a concept of Minister of Irrigation and Water Management and Ports and Aviation, Chamal Rajapakse.

Speaking further President Rajapakse added that Hambantota was a meeting point in agricultural development and politics.

"In spite of it the Sri Lankan Government was doing all it could in the way of development. The Government has provided tax concessions to essential consumer items," he said and pointed out that the Government has also made big allocations for University education and expansion of universities.

The President noted that every year the number of Mahapola scholarships has been increased. He also mentioned that sports facilities were not confined to the urban areas alone, but taken to the village areas as well. In the health sector too hospitals receive due support from the Government.

Several Ministers including the Minister of Irrigation and Water Management and Ports and Aviation, Chamal Rajapakse, Minister of Agricultural and Agrarian Services, Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Agriculture, Hemakumara Nanayakkara, Minister of Water Supply, Mahinda Amaraweera, Secretary and officials of the Agricultural and Irrigation Ministries were also present on the occasion.

- Asian Tribune -

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