A massive development programme has been initiated by the government under the Mahinda Chinthana. Apart from other projects construction work on seventy (70) bridges alone, has been launched from 2006, observed Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapakse, addressing a workshop on the Gama Neguma programme under the Jathika Saviya concept.
The workshop was one of series of such meetings to educate public sector officials on the Gama Neguma programme.
The meeting was held at the Kandy Postal Complex Seminar Auditorium on Tuesday 30.
In addition to the many irrigation schemes developed in many parts of the country steps have been taken to complete the construction of ten major reservoirs in the country. Under the programme, the President laid the foundation stone for the Moragahakanda Reservoir recently. The reservoir which is one of the largest reservoirs will be constructed with local resources, Basil Rajapakse noted.
Under the 4,000 village development programme, infrastructure facilities will be provided to the village folk who were deprived of the facilities so far, he said.
Transport by train to many areas will be found in the near future. Thirty two miles of railway line from Matara to Walasgala will be completed shortly. Preliminary measures have taken to commence construction works on the Matale-Dambulla rail track, Rajapakse said.
Once the Second International Airport is complete it will raise the revenue to the state by many-fold. Supply of fuel to air-craft will alone will be a source of healthy income, Rajapakse noted.
Ports will be developed and the work on Colombo south port will commence soon. Though Sri Lanka has a Shipping Corporation yet has no ships. There is no state owned airline. The only airline belongs to a company. `Countries like Ethiopia and Somalia own airlines but we do not possess,` he noted.
Development schemes of the country are initiated and successfully implemented with both aid from foreign agencies and local despite heavy expenditure on national security. National security is given priority, Rajapakse said.
After the MOU between Ranil Wickremasinghe and the LTTE, the LTTE murdered at least 367 including security personnel and civilians. But Ranil Wickremasinghe did not take any offensive. He failed to do anything against the LTTE, Rajapakse further noted.
The Mahinda Rajapakse administration has no ambition to privatise or sel out state ventures to foreigners, he added.
Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and Kandy Additional GA A. H. B. Sugathadasa also spoke. Ministers Jagath Pushpakumara, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Governor Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake and several others were present.