Total elimination of terrorists in 2008 - PM
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayaka asserted that the Nation
could anticipate to dedicate and celebrate 2008 as the year in which the
terrorists would be comprehensively defeated and totally eliminated.
Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayaka made this assertion when he
addressed the National New Inventors’ Presidential Awards 2007 ceremony
organised by the Sri Lanka New Inventors Commission in collaboration
with the Enterprise Development Ministry, at the Presidential
Secretariat in Colombo yesterday.
The Premier categorically stated that the terrorists who are now
confined only to a limited area, are destined to be totally destroyed
and wiped out from this land in the coming year, to restore peace and
dignity to all communities.
He pointed out that in an era where changes are experienced in almost
all spheres, the Government too has shifted its policies from the norm
to develop the ‘village’, instead of limiting development solely to the
“It is in this context that the indigenous inventor becomes a great
and invaluable asset to the country to uplift its economy.
The Cooperative Movement which has been paralysed as a result of the
‘open market’ policies adopted by the Governments after 1977, must be
rejuvenated and consolidated. The ‘Cooperative Movement’ should be in
the forefront of village re-awakening and development,” he said.
Wickremanayaka noted that through the new budget, the Government had
taken measures to strengthen the Cooperative system once again.
He underscored the paramount importance of being self-sufficient in
food, especially varieties which could be grown locally.
He also pointed out the importance of automation and mechanisation,
in all the spheres of agriculture, including tea-plucking,
coconut-plucking and rubber collection, at a time when an acute shortage
of manual labour was encountered in Sri Lanka.
“The contribution of our own creative inventor, would be of immense
value in confronting this daunting challenge,” he added.
Enterprise Development Minister Mano Wijeratne, Education Minister
Susil Premjayanth, Enterprise Development Ministry Secretary Thosapala
Hewage also addressed the ceremony.