Govt. taking UNF path - JVP


by Dasun Edirisinghe

The JVP yesterday said that the government was implementing the former UNF government’s development programme, ‘Regaining Sri Lanka’ by leasing out State property to the local and foreign private companies.

Addressing a media briefing at the party head office in Battaramulla, JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath said that the government had leased out the Embilipitiya Paper Mills at just Rs. 600 million to an Australian Company recently.

The government was also planning to lease the Kantale Sugar Factory which owned 23,000 acres of land to another private company, he said.

"At present, we are producing only 20 per cent of the country’s sugar requirement," Herath said adding that if the

government could efficiently run the Sevanagala, Hingurana, Kantale and Pelwatta sugar factories it could meet the requirement without having to import sugar.

The Gampaha District MP said that the government had also leased 5,000 acres of land in Somawathiya to a foreign company. It had also leased out massive land plots in Galle Face and Trincomalee.

"The former UNF government proposed the same things in 2003 through its so called development programme ‘Regaining Sri Lanka’," Herath said adding that they couldn’t implement it due to public protests.

The present government, he said, was going to start private universities and put a price tag on free education.

He said that the cost of living had been increasing day by day, but the government had yet to increase the salaries of both, the private and public sectors.

The JVP would plan a series of protests against these acts of the government. The protestr campaign would be launched with a protest march and rally on Nov. 24 from Anuradhapura, Herath said.

According to him, the second protest would be held on Nov. 28 in Ambalantota in the Hambantota District and the Western Province protest march and rally would be held on Dec. 04 in Kiribathgoda.

He said that they would march and protest in Matara on Dec. 05 and JVP affiliated Socialist Youth Union would hold a protest rally and walk in Colombo on Nov. 30.

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