Vision, Mission and Duty of the President is to give all what is supposed to be given to the people of the North

By K.T.Rajasingham
Colombo, 14 February, (Asiantribune.com):

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that he will give everything that is supposed to be given to the people of the Northern Province. He said whether people appreciate or not , that was his vision, mission and foremost duty.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa when speaking after declaring open the building complex of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital yesterday morning, he said that people should first come forward to appreciate whatever that is given and then only ask for more.

He also pointed out that people has to appreciate what the Government is doing for them.

Speaking about the freedom that is now available, the President said, “The biggest gift we were able to give is the ability for people to live freely once again. Our most loved treasure is our children, and there was a time when parents had to hide their children to protect them. We should all work to protect this freedom.”

Meeting Of Farmers involved In Grape Cultivation

Yesterday President Mahinda Rajapaksa on his way to Colombo after the completion of his two-day visit to Jaffna, visited a grape farm located on the Keerimalai – Mawiddapuram road.

President visited the grape farm on the invitation of Minister Douglas Devananda.

On arrival at the farm, he not only went around and saw bunches of grapes that were hanging on the creepers, but also talked with the owners and inquired detail about grape cultivation.

At the farm, he also met more than one hundred fifty grape cultivating farmers and inquired about their problems which they confront in their cultivation.

They told the President about their problems regarding electricity, scarcity of water, loan facilities they presently experience and President has instructed the Governor and Minister Douglas Devananda to look into the problems of those farmers.

In the Jaffna district alone, for the cultivation of grapes, subsidiaries were already given to 269 families by the Provincial Council. As more farmers have shown interest in the cultivation of grapes and other cash crops in the newly released lands by the Security Forces in the Valikamam East region, President told the Governor to prepare a program so that it might help farmers who have come forward to begin cultivation in those newly released lands in the Valikamam East region.

G.A. Chandrasri, Governor of the Northern Province, Tellipalai Divisional Secretary Sri Mohan, Deputy Agriculture Director Sivakumar and the other Government officials participated in the discussion President had with the farmers.

Civil Society Meeting

Earlier, President Mahinda Rajapaksa met with the Jaffna civil society representatives and discussed about the development projects that are being undertaken at present in the Jaffna district.

He met the cream of the Civil Society representatives of the Jaffna district at the Northern Province Governors office, located in Jaffna.

Nearly 30 Civil Society representatives participated in the extensive discussions and they touched on subjects swuch as people being displaced due to unusual circumstances, resettlement of persons, basic educational facilities, electricity, livelihood, political solution and numerous other subjects.

Civil Society Representatives thanked the President for the development activities at present undertaken under his leadership in Jaffna and also pointed out some new development activities that have to be launched in the near future, in the best interest of the people of the Jaffna district.

The confab between the Sri Lankan President and the Civil Society representatives lasted well over one and a half hour.

In the Civil Society discussion, religious leaders in Jaffna, lawyers, medical doctors, educationalists, traders, social workers , representatives of coconut, palmayra and fisheries associations participated .

Civil Society representatives later told Asian Tribune that the discussion with President Mahinda Rajapaksa went on well and it paved way for creating goodwill in the midst of the Jaffna people and discussions of these nature would provide room for reconciliation and better understanding.

They said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was very receptive and was a down to earth personality with good grasp and understanding.

Minister Douglas Devananda, Minister Maithripala Srisena, Governor G.A. Chandrasri, Deputy Chairman of Committees Murugesu Chandrakumar MP and Silvestri Alantin UPFA parliamentarian participated in the discussion.

Jaffna Teaching Hospital Central Function Building Complex

Yesterday morning around 10.30 AM, President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the Central Function Building Complex of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital.

“We believe this facility will help people live healthier lives,” President Rajapaksa said while thanking the Japanese people for funding the project through this massive donation.

With a new intensive care unit (ICU), a medical laboratory and a unit for cancer patients, the hospital is well on its way to becoming as fully-equipped as other leading state hospitals around the country.

President Rajapaksa said the services of the hospital are not limited only to the people in the Jaffna peninsula and encouraged others in surrounding regions in the north to use the facility to obtain quality healthcare.

As he usually does in Tamil-speaking regions of the country, the President spoke in mixed Sinhala and Tamil.

“What was destroyed for 30 years, we are now rebuilding again,” the President said as he asked the medical professionals gathered at the function to work towards protecting this important facility.

President said that people should first come forward to appreciate whatever that is given and then only ask for more.

He also pointed out that people has to appreciate what the Government is doing for them.

Speaking about the freedom that is now available, the President said, “The biggest gift we were able to give is the ability for people to live freely once again. Our most loved treasure is our children, and there was a time when parents had to hide their children to protect them. We should all work to protect this freedom.”

When the Health Minister Maitripala Srisena speaking said always our people go and talk various things in other countries, Diaspora and all saying Tamil peoples are not looked after and this and that. But they must first of all come and see the amount of support and assistance given by the Government to the people in this area.

He asked “why they don’t always appreciate that?”. He pointed out that within a short period of three and a half years what the Government has done to Tamils in the North and East is stupendous and no other country would have done this much development work.

Health Minister Maithripla Sirisena, Minister Douglas Devananda, Deputy Minister Lalith Dissanayake, Northern Province Governor G.A.Chandrasiri, Presidential Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath, Defence Secreary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Health Ministry Secretary Dr.Nihal Jayatilleke were also present at the occasion.

– Asian Tribune –