Economy on sound footing - Minister Anura Yapa
Sri Lanka's inflation rate declined last month from 6.6 percent to
5.9 percent and the economy is now on a sound footing heading towards a
development path with five new ports, and an investment 10 times the
Mahaweli River Diversion Scheme, Mass Media and Information Minister
Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said.
The other development schemes include Uthuru Vasanthaya, Negenahira
Udanaya rehabilitation and development programs of the North with
Norochcholai coal power plant and Deduru Oya irrigation scheme, started
by the present Government, Minister Yapa told the Cabinet press briefing
"But it is not clear to us what Opposition Leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe, who had not seen any of the current development
projects, is saying.
"I would like to invite him to my office at World Trade Centre to see
for himself the reports and information on development work that are in
progress," he said.
"It was during his [Wickremesinghe's] regime that all government
assets were sold to private sector and he did not recruit a single
"But President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government has allocated millions
on road development, flyovers like the one in Dehiwala, infrastructure
development in the North, rail road development and locomotives and
other projects like irrigation schemes with assistance from Japan,
China, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and aid from friendly
nations," the Minister said.
Ranil Wickremesinghe is trying to lead the public down the garden
path by using the words deshapremi (patriot) but it is difficult to go
by his logic as he was the person who signed a traitorous pact with
Prabhakaran, providing the terrorists with high-powered communication
and broadcasting equipment. Probably the word deshadrohi (traitor) would
fit him as it was his government that betrayed the Millennium City long
range army unit to the terrorists, the Minister said.
Was it the person who safeguarded members of the Armed Forces and
liberated the Tamil people being herded like cattle by the LTTE
terrorists that was the patriot or a traitor?, he queried.