Holistic development path laid - Wimal
A road map for holistic development has been laid by the government,
said Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities
Minister Wimal Weerawansa.
Minister Weerawansa made these observations at a meeting after
opening the Janasevana Viru Gammanaya (War Heroes' Village) at
Sridharanpura Mahawilawatta in Ganga Ihala, Kandy on Tuesday.
The minister said the country is enjoying development dividends under
the auspices of the government. "A development programme encompassing
all regions and villages is underway. The government did not prune the
public service. Instead, the public service which had 800,000 personnel
was increased to 1.2 million personnel today," Weerawansa said.
"The North and South are exchanging their produce without hindrance
with the country registering an 8.3 percent economic growth. The
agriculture sector has been making the biggest contribution to economic
growth according to Central Bank reports," the minister said.
Minister Weerawansa said the Opposition Leader during his recent
visit to the Jaffna residence of late LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran
had alleged that the government had done nothing for the development of
the North. The Opposition Leader would have had to obtain a visa to
visit Prabhakaran's home if the CFA signed by him was in operation
today, he said.
The minister said that if the situation experienced during the CFA
persisted today, Sri Lanka would have been similar to Cyprus with two
separate states divided by a no fly zone and the two states trading
missile barrages against each other.
He said President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Defence Secretary and the
Security Forces and Police had jointly saved the country from such an
eventuality by defeating terrorism and restoring peace. The President by
continuing the war to a conclusion has accomplished a task which evaded
other Presidents, the minister said.
He said the new housing scheme with 111 houses was completed within
Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said the Mahawilawatta Viru
Gammanaya was the first housing project launched in the Kandy district
under the Janasevana programme. He said the NHDA earlier concentrated on
building flats in Colombo and today, it has extended its activities to
Provincial Council member Ananda Aluthgamage, Nawalapitiya Pradeshiya
Sabha chairman Nishantha Ranasinghe, Kandy GA Gamini Seneviratne and
other officials were also present.