The UNP yesterday asked how people could believe that Premier Rajapakse would implement the `Mahinda Chintana` when the `Rata Perata` his government is an utter flop.
The Mahinda Chintanaya is part two of the Rata Perata policy statement the UPFA put forward in 2004 to mislead the general public, UNP parliamentarian Kabeer Hashim told the media yesterday.
In the Rata Perata policy statement of the government of which Mr. Rajapakse is the Prime Minister they promised to reduce the fertilizer prices to Rs. 350 a bag and to give permanent jobs to unemployed graduates, ?Did they keep these promises?? he asked.
How can Premier Rajapakse give 2.4 million jobs when he cannot grant permanent status to the 40,000 graduates who was recruited as political appointees??.
He also said that the Prime Minister has not indicated from where he proposes to get funds to fulfill his promises. He will not certainly receive any funds from countries which were insulted by his supporters by burning the effigies of the leaders of these countries.
Ending the open economy will mean ending the flow of the foreign investments, without foreign investment, how can Mr. Rajapakse achieve an eight percent economic growth rate, and generate 2.5 million jobs he asked.
UNP Parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa said that when Ranil Wickremesinghe becomes the President they will implement the `Siya Saviya` programme to eliminate poverty. ?Samurdhi has failed to rescue the poor from the poverty trap,? he said
Mr. Premadasa also said that the government spends only Rs. 8 billion on 1.8 million Samurdhi recipients while Rs.12 billion is spent on 28700 Samurdhi Officers. Is it justifiable to spend 12 billion for political appointees while 8 billion is spent on elimination of poverty.
Under the presidency of Wickremesinghe all Samurdhi officers will be required to work in the field instead of doing politics during office hours and the Samurdhi recipients will get 300% more they receive today, Mr. Premadasa said.
The UNP proposes to give a minimum allowance of Rs. 1000, but Mr. Rajapakse promises Rs. 210 in place of the present Rs. 140. Our maximum allowance will be Rs. 4000 a month, instead of Mr. Rajapakse`s Rs. 1500, Mr. Premedasa added.