President in Polonnaruwa: Home-grown solutions to Lanka’s issues
‘In finding solutions to whatever issues the country faces, the government would always look for home-grown methods, that meet the aspirations and needs of the people, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday. He said that solutions to country’s problems should come from within based on dialogue and understanding and stressed that he and the government were always prepared to listen and were open for discussion to resolve any issues on behalf of the people.
The President said that this was not the time for divisive politics but for unity to uphold the people’s trust by improving their living standards and ensuring them a better and prosperous future. This is the responsibility of all politicians, he added
He urged all Sri Lankans, irrespective of differences, to stand united to achieve equity in both the country’s and people’s development.
The President said so addressing a large gathering in Polonnaruwa following the launch of the Polonnaruwa water supply project. The Rs.5,020 million project vested with the public by the President yesterday would provide safe drinking water to over 80,000 people in 42 GS divisions in the district.
Addressing the gathering following the launch the President stressed the need to achieve equity in development. He said, development should not be confined to one area. It should be equally distributed in all areas. All people, irrespective of differences, should reap its benefits. We should all stand as one. This is our aim.
To achieve the above he said the government had a commitment to provide equal facilities and was prepared to do so to the best of its ability.
However, the President said that it was imperative to have unity to go forward . ‘The government is always prepared to listen to constructive criticismand learn from observations. But what is the gain of spreading hatred and spurring divisions, he questioned. He said that the media too had a duty to engage in constructive criticism, highlight peoples aspirations, governments development for the greater good of the people, without engaging in slander which could spawn hatred and divisions.
He also emphasized the government’s commitment to develop areas which had been neglected due the 30 year scourge of terrorism. These
areas are being developed rapidly on par with other areas he added.
Speaking on providing safe drinking water to the public the President said that with the aid of recent water supply projects the government had been able to provide water to 61 per cent of the public and added that this was expanding rapidly.
The Polonnaruwa Water Supply Scheme would cover 42 GS divisions in Thamankaduwa and Hingurakgoda DS divisions. A similar project to provide drinking water to Minneriya is on the way.
The water supply chain runs for 140 Kms. It has three water tanks and would have a daily capacity of 60,000 cubic metres.
The ADB has assisted in constructing the project by way of funds. In constructions, Korean firms have assisted local engineers.Ministers Maithripala Sirisena and Dinesh Gunewardene also spoke. A large public gathering, local politicians, officials, ADB representatives, and the ambassador of South Korea were also present.
Courtesy: Daily News
Iam glad our Hon President MR continues the mammoth task of infrastructure building around the country unabated, in accordance with his ‘MC Idiri Dekma’.
Post ‘Humanitarian Operation’ to end the LTTE terrorist threat, no thanks to imperial West inerference on the side of LTTE terrorists, we have gained our true independence. This is the independence we should really celebrate, as an independence we achieved through our own blood, sweat and tears, from the terrorist Tamil threats and their supporters in the imperial West and in India. We are deeply grateful to our ever true friends, China, Russia and Pakistan for their support in providing us with ordnance and funds.
We are deeply indebted to China for the help with infrastructure building to quality standards. China is our model. China is a fast developing country unlike the countries in the, which are struggling in econmic doldrums. During and post WW2, Britain borrowed large sums of money from USA, which they repaid in full only in 1988. Hence, there is nothing wrong in borrowing money from our friend China to pay for our development. As we progress with the help of China largely, we would be in a position to repay all the loans, however long it may take us.
TNA is trying to bully the GOSL, through India and Tamil Nadu, to give them a so-called 13 plus. This means land and policing rights. Will they be satisfied with this? Knowing the nature of their mentality from past behaviour this may not be the end of the matter. So let us analyse them further.
TNA speaks of a National Question. There is no such thing as a so-called ‘national question’. This is a term coined by TNA and the diaspora Tamils, as if it is a burning question for the whole country. This so-called national question is non other than giving the TNA and the diaspora Tamils the ultimate solution they seek, which is, total autonomy for N & E as one land mass, handed over to them.
TNA seeks to achieve this in stages.
Stage 1: Aggitate for the 13 Plus ammendment to the Costitution to be implemented, with TN and Central Govt of India intervention. This 13+ is the land and police rights to TNA, with serious repercussions to sovereignty of SL. It also means re-unification of N & E by Constitution ammendment.
Stage 2: TNA, not satisfied with above, will aggitate for SL security bases in N & E to be removed and the land restored to their governance.
Stage 3: TNA to invite migrants from Tamil Nadu to build a huge army, navy and airforce with aid from TN and diaspora Tamils and imperial West.
Stage 4: TNA to wage war on the South, with help from rebel elements in the South, such as Jatika Aragala Movement (off-shoot of JVP), to capture the whole of SL, for a so-called Tamil homeland. Imperial West to aid TNA in this in return for US base in Trinco and oil drilling rights, at large advantage to the oil drilling companies.
Stage 5: Massive genocide of Sinhalese through out SL with the West ignoring it, as they did the genocides of Cambodia and Ruwanda. SL to be recognised in the UN as the Tamil homeland under a new name.
Stage 6: Massive migration of Tamils from TN to SL, as their new homeland for Tamil nation.
I HOPE THE HON PRESIDENT TAKE SERIOUS NOTE OF THIS AS THE POSSIBLE AGENDA OF TNA AND GOVT OF INDIA AND THE DIASPORA TAMILS. HE SHOULD THEREFORE NEVER CAVE IN TO THEIR PRESSURE AND NEVER AMMEND THE CONSTITUTION FOR A 13 PLUS SOLUTION.