UPFA explains how they will implement their promises



by Ifham Nizam

UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajanatha yesterday said that his party would form the next government and create 1.5 million online job opportunities and generate USD 5 billion. Addressing a press briefing in Colombo yesterday at the SLFP headquarters at Darley Road, he said that plans were afoot to provide broadband (online) facilities especially targeting youth in the country.

He said that 5.7 million households were linked to the national grid and providing broadband facilities would help generate online income in state, private and overseas ventures.

Premajayantha pointed out that online jobs were quite popular in the ASEAN region and in India some earned more than Rs. 100,000 each a month.

He said the UPFA government would make sure of tapping  gas in the Mannar Basin within three and a half years.

He also said they would from now onwards create public awareness about the UPFA manifesto.

Citing examples of a section of the manifesto, Premjayantha said they would increase the minimum basic salary to Rs. 25,000 in the state sector, apart from Rs. 10,000 cost of living.  He also said that they would request the private sector to increase the salary of workers by Rs. 3,000. "We will compensate private sector institutions through tax exemptions to give a salary hike to their employees," he added.

SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and UPFA Colombo candidate Thilanga Sumathipala also spoke.


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