President Mahinda Rajapakse has deplored attempts made by certain sections to describe the initiatives taken for the security of the country and the people, as a war.
He made this reference at a function at the Keppetiyawa Rajamaha Vihare in Weeraketiya yesterday. The President laid the foundation stone for a new Chaithya of the Vihare. Financial assistance was provided for the re-construction of Vihares of the Weeraketiya Sasanarakshaka Bala Mandalaya. D.B. Jayatilake of the Public Trust Fund has made the required allocations. Speaking further, President Rajapakse said some have described as a war, the retaliations against LTTE attacks. The government is always ready to accept constructive criticisms. He said the media should play a responsible role with regard to the present situation. The government has unveiled an explicit programme to carry out the development work equally in every part of the country. Mr. Rajapakse noted that the foundation for peace should be laid by passing on the benefits of development to every section, irrespective of differences. He reiterated that he will not permit the motherland to be broken into pieces. Although peace is a challenge, he said he was working in the right direction. It is opportune to get the support of every section irrespective of party differences. Meanwhile, the programme of providing electricity to every household will commence on the 19th of this month from Hambantota. President Rajapkse revealed that over 500 million rupees has been allocated for this work.