President outlines the government’s achievements

By Cyril Wimalasurendre

KANDY – For thirty years the highways of the country were obstructed by road blocks. In contrast the UPFA government not only removed the road blocks but also built morehighways, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said after opening the Machinery Training School of the Maganeguma Project at Kundasale, on Sunday (02) afternoon.

The only link to Jaffna from Kandy was the A9 highway and it also had road blocks. But now it was been possible to reach Jaffna from the South from three directions, President Rajapaksa said.

In addition to A9 from the centre there is the highway via mannar and another via Pulmudai, the President noted.

New roads and a network of developed roads are of paramount importance for the development of the country. The people need easy access to rural areas. Motor vehicles, in particular tri-shaws, were available even in remote villages of the country, the President said.

The Head of State said, even those living in rural areas had improved their living conditions. Those who owned a motor bike had now gone for a tri-shaw or even a van.

In the past it was the practice of governments to raise foreign loans to spend on food. It was not the practice at present. The government now obtained loans from the world bank or any other aid granting institutions for development purposes.

Contrary to propaganda by the opposition and the NGOs and Diaspora, foreign lending bodies granted loans to the government since they were confident of the government’s ability to pay back the loan.

With foreign assistance Sri Lanka had been able to construct five ports and air-ports and a network of roads including an expressway, the President noted.

He said that the Kandy-Mahiyangana road through the 18th bend had been so well developed that not only the local travellers but also the visiting foreigners enjoy it. The Kandy-Colombo highway, via Kurunegala would be launched in the near future. The same highway would be another access to the north, the President noted.

Training schools, such as the one that was opened by the Maganeguma, produced the required competent workmen. The technical hands had the liberty to remain in the country or go abroad and earn. They could send their earning as foreign exchange to the country, the president added.

Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that Sri Lanka had developed in an unprecedented manner under President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The vision of President Rajapaksa was now being achieved due to his foresight, the minister said.

Chairman Maganeguma Organisation Attorney-at-Law Kingsley Rajapakse also addressed the meeting.

Governor Central Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake, Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake, Deputy Ministers Nirmala Kotalawala and Earl Gunasekara and MP Namal Rajapaksa and Kandy G.A. Gamini Seneviratne were among those present.

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