He said the government has initiated a long term development drive that would see an end to poverty and bring prosperity to all Sri Lankans.
It is not a short term plan to satisfy a handful of privileged individuals, but a programme that has identified the aspirations of the people and one that would enable all Sri Lankans to stand with honour and face the world.
President Maithripala Sirisena made this statement addressing the gathering at the establishment of the SLFP electorate office in Polonnaruwa yesterday (24).
The President said that the Gramashakthi programme that commenced with the intention of eradicating poverty has gained popularity as a very practical approach, adding that the Gamperaliya rural development drive which will commence shortly will be carried out throughout the country.
The government has also taken the initiative to introduce a new loan scheme to assist the country’s entrepreneurs and through that the unemployment issue would also be addressed, while the domestic industry will receive a new lease of life.
He also noted that through the National Economic Council, special focus has been placed on the Economic development of the country while solutions to issues facing the people will also be addressed.
Greater value for domestic products:
The President further stated that the government policy is to give pride of place to domestic production and local goods.
The government has taken measures to increase the tax on imported fruits in order to safeguard the local fruit farmers, while the President had issued instructions to implement this mechanism from next month.
He also said that the government intends to implement a mechanism preventing the cutting down of all fruit trees identified by the Agriculture Department and named by experts in the field. Without a licence. This will be initiated with the intention of safeguarding the local fruit industry and adding greater value to it.