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‘National unity, the basis of Sri Lanka’s development’

Leader of the House, Public Enterprise, Kandyan Heritage and Kandy Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella presenting the appointment letter to a graduate at the Kandy District Secretariat.
Leader of the House, Public Enterprise, Kandyan Heritage and Kandy Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella presenting the appointment letter to a graduate at the Kandy District Secretariat.

Leader of the House, Public Enterprise, Kandyan Heritage and Kandy Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that disruption of national unity was the biggest problem confronting this country at the moment. He said the country could be developed by striking such unity as a basis for it.

He made these remarks at a function held to mark the granting of appointment letters to 750 graduates at the Kandy District Secretariat.

The Minister said a great responsibility lies with public servants to build unity among different ethnic groups. He stressed that it was the easiest task for public servants to do by being even-handed to all the communities in the discharge of duties.

Minister Kiriella said after the introduction of the free education system by late Minister C.W.W. Kannangara, the greatest revolution in the education sector was brought about by late Minister Lalith Athulathmudali by introducing the Mahapola bursary scheme under the then government led by the United National Party (UNP). He pointed out that the Mahapola bursary scheme enabled children from the financially-backward families to pursue higher studies.

Referring to his period as the Higher Education Minister of the present government, he said he was able to address the hostel problem of universities once and for all, and started six new faculties creating more educational opportunities for students.

He also said he took initiatives to start work on two medical faculties - Sabaragamuwa and Kuliyapitiya- during his time. He stated that the present UNP-led government carried out equitable development cutting across the country.

In response to a query about the UNP Presidential candidate, he said it was up for the party’s Working Committee and the Parliamentary group to decide it as mentioned by the Prime Minister once.

He said Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) had decided to nominate another ‘Rajapaksa’ as the candidate, but the UNP would not select its candidate according to the whims of a particular family. Asked about Minister Sajith Premadasa’s education qualifications, he said Minister Premadasa had been conferred with a degree from London School of Economics, a leading university in the world. Besides, he said Minister Premadasa had gained a lot of knowledge as a politician from his long-standing Parliamentary career. He said such a reservoir of knowledge could not be gained even by reading for several degrees.


 

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