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No slowdown of development: Sirisena

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  • Calls on public officials to implement development programs despite political turmoil 

 President Maithripala Sirisena said that the development process and the public welfare services should not be inefficient for any reason and that public officials are responsible for implementing programs despite current political turmoil, the President’s Office said in a statement.   

President Maithripala Sirisena 

All monetary allocations provided for the next monetary year should be spent properly and the needs of the public should be accomplished, the President instructed the relevant officers, and to schedule the development plans precisely for the next year. President Sirisena mentioned this at a discussion held at the President’s office on Wednesday.

The President further stated that the officers are responsible and are bound to ensure that in spite of the current political turmoil they must carry forward the public services and development programs actively.

The President instructed to make plans to continue all the special projects conducted under the President’s office with more efficiency and effectiveness in the 2019.

The Grama Shakthi People’s Movement which is focused on eradicating the poverty of people conducted under the President’s office should be carried with more strength than of the previous year, said the President while explaining the importance of the coordinating of the officers who were appointed district-wise to accomplish their duties properly.

The President paid special concern on the tree planting programs conducted island-wide under the national programme for environmental conservation where he instructed the officers to make the program speedily, taking the existing rainy condition as a blessing.

The progress of the development projects conducted district-wise was reviewed while the President was grateful of the progress obtained by the special presidential task force appointed to monitor the development of the northern and eastern regions within a short span of time.

The President admitted that the special presidential task force appointed by him to accomplish the development needs of the northern and eastern provinces is doing a great service by answering the needs of the people of those provinces which were neglected within the past three and a half years.

The President who explained the current political situation said that UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe cannot establish democracy which is lacking in his own party.

Ranil Wickremesinghe who was the Party Leader of the UNP for 25 years will not allow any member of the back benches to rise above him, said the President, further stating that he who speaks highly of the law and the democracy of the country must establish democracy within his party.

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