Politicians should use assets for development with proper plan -
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said politicians should utilise
assets for development according to a proper plan designed in
consultation with the authorities, without squandering public money by
implementing them arbitrarily.
President Rajapaksa was speaking at a Kalutara District Special
Development Committee meeting at the Eden Grand Hotel in Aluthgama.
The progress and the flaws of the development projects implemented in
the Kalutara district and the complaints sent by the public were
discussed at the meeting. The President said the final benefits of all
these projects should pass on to the public and the money and lands
utilised in a manner that brings maximum benefits to the country.
He said District Development Committee meetings are not political
meetings and he had come to the district to solve the issues of the
public, so that all government and Opposition politicians, irrespective
of their party politics, have to take part.
The President stating that he had instructed members to attend the
meeting, said the people have elected members to solve their problems
and members have a responsibility to attend such meetings.
He said it was noteworthy the Opposition members get the best
benefits at the Consultative Committee meetings in Parliament.
Senior Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, Ministers Basil Rajapaksa,
Kumara Welgama, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Reginold Coorey, Deputy Minister
Nirmala Kothalawala, Parliamentarian Vidura Wickremanayake, Provincials
Council, Pradeshiya Sabha members, Secretary to the President Lalith
Weerathunga and government officials attended the meeting.