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Will revoke GCE O/L requirement to provide jobs – Gota

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramunwa (SLPP) Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa said he will provide a free nutrition pack to low income families,the old and infirm and the sick on a monthly basis if he is elected to power. As a government he will also take steps to uplift the living standards of low income groups and reduce the electricity and water charges levied on them. Furthermore, relief will be offered to school children and pregnant mothers under his administration.

He gave this assurance addressing a SLPP Presidential election rally held at Manampitiya in the Polonnaruwa district on November 8.

He said that a large number of relief measures intended to make the country self sufficient in food items and establish food security were taken during their previous administration.

 Once elected to power they would take steps to provide fertiliser free of charge to farmers and save them from indebtedness by writing off their loans. Steps would also be taken to introduce a farmer insurance and pension scheme. Technology will be introduced to farmers to help them increase incomes through proper fertiliser use, including carbonic fertiliser, proper water management techniques.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa said steps would also be taken to provide employment by creating few employment avenues by way of boosting the economy.

He said lack of skills, land or finances to start a business had driven people to poverty. Steps would be taken to provide at least one job to a member of a poor family by rescinding the G.C.E. Ordinary Level qualification requirements for them.

He said tax relief would be offered to investors to start new factories in order to provide jobs to unemployed women.

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