Kiriella wholeheartedly backs hanging


By Cyril Wimalasurendre

KANDY: State Enterprises and Kandy Development Minister Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said in Kandy yesterday (16) that the death penalty was not something new in Sri Lanka and that ancient rulers of Sri Lanka had got wrongdoers killed.

Kings of Kandy for 300 years including the last ruler Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe had meted out capital punishment to offenders, Minister Kiriella said at the inauguration of the "Lak-Diriya" loan scheme at the Kandy branch of the National Savings Bank.

Severe punishment was a dire need of the moment, Minister Kiriella said welcoming the decision taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to impose the death sentence on drug dealers.

"Lakdiriya Loan" scheme was a project under the "Enterprise Sri Lanka" introduced by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Kiriella said, adding that it was aimed at liberating the ordinary people from the clutches of unscrupulous moneylenders.

He said that the loan scheme was a boon to the low income groups and loans to the tune of about Rs. 200 million had been given at the inauguration of the scheme in Kandy.

Minister Kiriella said that the government was capable of giving relief to the people as it was assisted by the international organisations.

He said the new port and airports did not make profit and government did not receive any revenue from them.

He said there was peace and security in the country. There were no underworld criminals with the government unlike in the previous regime.

Minister Kiriella said that the Kandy-Colombo Expressway was being built despite various objections and opposition.

The minister said those who did not then speak a word about the extension of the Southern Expressway to Beliatta raised objections to the Kandy Expressway at Cabinet meetings.

Chairman, National Savings Bank Aswin de Silva and General Manager Dhammika Perera also spoke.

Kandy Mayor Kesara D. Senanayake, Deputy Mayor Ilahi Abdeen, former Mayor and member of the council Raja Pushpakumara were present.

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