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* Sri Lanka President to lead country towards self-sufficiency
Wed, Mar 10, 2010, 01:36 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 10, Tissamaharama: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa says his government will take the country towards prosperity and self-sufficiency strengthening the local economy at the village level.

Addressing the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Central Organisation in the Tissamaharama electorate Tuesday, the President said the time has come for all to line up to fulfill the target of achieving a strong local economy.

A main objective of his government is to achieve self-sufficiency. Towards that goal, the government has added new vigour to the process to construct an irrigation system based upon tanks and lakes and to develop the power system, with the aim of building the local economy, he said, adding that it is the responsibility of everyone to contribute to this massive development programme.

Speaking at a meeting at Walasmulla this morning with the SLFP members from the Beliatta electorate, the President pledged his commitment to develop the village and called on the public to join hands with the political leadership who cares for their villages.

President Rajapaksa also pointed out to the public that they can use the upcoming general election to send a strong response to current international allegations against the country.

The President pledged to carry forward the country towards development with a strong team after setting up a strong parliament based on the results of the general election.

Many political representatives in the area including Minister Chamal Rajapaksa attended the occasion.

The President also took time to visit the Navodya School in Kanumuldeniya North of Walasmulla during his visit to the Hambantota District on Tuesday (09) and meet the Students and the principal.

(Pictures by Nalin Hewapathirana)

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