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Sajith pledges to serve people 24/7

Housing Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the launch of Khema’s boy - three decades of politics at the Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Ceremony Hall of the Ruhunu University on Sunday
Housing Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the launch of Khema’s boy - three decades of politics at the Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Ceremony Hall of the Ruhunu University on Sunday

“I promise to serve the 22 million people living in 6.1 million households in this country 24/7 hours throughout the year,” United National Party Deputy Leader and Housing Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa said.

He was speaking at the launch of Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s book, Khema’s boy - three decades of politics at the Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Ceremony Hall of the Ruhunu University on Sunday.

“The national security should be given priority,” he said. The Minister said to ensure the nation’s security, it was essential to strengthen the armed forces, police and intelligence services.

“I believe there are more areas which need to be considered. We are enthralled when the GNP and the rate of economic growth are on the rise, but according to figures released by the Census and Statistics Department, the reality is that 54 percent of the nation’s GNP is shared among the richest 20 percent of the population while the poorest 20 percent benefit only 4 percent from the GNP,” he said.

“According to my opinion, political, human, economic and social rights have to be protected to ensure the security of a nation. Furthermore, territorial integrity is secured only when peace, solidarity, brotherhood and unity among communities and religions prevail,” he added.

“Hence, I believe that it is essential to formulate a unique new economic policy of our own which protects and ensures the political, human, economic and social rights of the people. It is the time we must empower our talented youth to compete with the world by taking on the Industrial and technological revolution rather than being merely service providers,” the Minister said.

Minister Premadasa said that like the former Indian Premier Jawaharlal Nehru who preferred to be called as the people’s servant, he would also serve people 24 hours per day throughout the year.

During the vote of thanks, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera wished Minister Premadsa for the economic policy which he planned to implement in the near future. Minister Samaraweera said that he entered politics at a time when the country was gripped in civil unrest and terror. He said that he believed that he had served the people of Matara at least in a small way in the past three decades.

Finance Minister Samaraweera said that he was worried to see that nations which were behind Sri Lanka have surpassed us. The Minister also said that every government, political parties, radical political leaders and clergy who spread communal and religious hatred should be held responsible for the state in which Sri Lanka is now.

Tamil National Alliance Leader R. Sampanthan, ministers and parliamentarians also participated in the event.


 

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