Conspiracy to undermine state revenue
All of us should accept our responsibility to
weed out terrorism from our midst. Terrorism has become an evil to the
Nobody would ever condone any moves to
obstruct the collection of State revenue through taxation
By blocking state revenue raised through various taxes the country
will be thwarted in it's development march as well as hamper the current
campaign to defeat terrorism, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka
He said funds are necessary to develop the country as well as to
eradicate terrorism. Nobody would ever condone any moves to obstruct the
collection of State revenue through taxation, the Premier said.
He was speaking at a ceremony held at the Defence Ministry to award
scholarships to 239 children of the dead, missing-in-action and disabled
The Prime Minister said: "You are well aware the scourge of terrorism
enslaved the people and terrorised the country for over 30 years. The
country were to be fragmented. Our gallant soldiers fight the terrorists
at the risk of their lives. They have become disabled having lost their
limbs in the defence of the Motherland. Whether there is war or not we
have to strengthen our Forces. All of us should accept our
responsibility to weed out terrorism from our midst. Terrorism has
become an evil to the entire world.
Today the soldiers are fully committed to rescue the country from the
grip of the terrorists. It is a national task for which all of us should
contribute our lot."
The Government will never forget the disabled soldiers or their
families. The Government will take every possible action to protect
their families as evidenced by what we do here today, he said.
Foreign Employment Promotion Ministry Secretary and National Security
Fund Secretary, Sunil Sirisena said everybody should thank the President
for setting up a National Security Fund.
Not only the soldiers but also every citizen ought to share the
responsibility of protecting the country from terrorism, he said.
Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Defence Chief of Staff Air
Chief Marshal Donald Perera, Army Commander, Lt. General Sarath Fonseka,
Air Vice Marshal, Roshan Gunatilleke, Navy Commander Vice Admiral
Wasantha Karanagoda, IGP Jayantha Wickremaratne and parents of the
scholarship beneficiaries also participated.