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* Sri Lanka on the correct path towards sustainable development - President
Wed, Apr 30, 2014, 09:16 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka on the correct path towards sustainable development - President

Apr 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka is on the correct path towards sustainable development as villages and towns progressing under the Divi Neguma and Gama Neguma development projects envisaged in the Mahinda Chintana policy framework, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

In his May Day message today, the President, who just returned to the country from a two-day state visit to Bahrain, said the working people can be happy at the government's success in keeping inflation at single digit level for five years and reducing unemployment to 4 percent.

The President cautioned the working people to be constantly cautious of conspiracies to disrupt the work force of the country.

He said however, he has "the fullest confidence that our working people will safeguard the workers' rights and unitedly defeat such conspiracies that come with ulterior motives."

President's May Day message in full:

I am pleased to send this message on the occasion of May Day, the most important celebration of working people the world over.

This occasion is celebrated by the working people of Sri Lanka with enthusiasm and pride. We are indeed fortunate for having established a conducive democratic environment in the country, a peaceful atmosphere in the work place and legal rights of organization and assembly to our workers. As a worker-friendly government we are glad of our success in providing a free and democratic May Day to the working people.

The country is today on the correct path towards sustainable development. The village and the town speedily march towards progress.

Our working people can be happy at our government's success in keeping inflation at single digit level for five years and reducing unemployment to 4%.

We need to be constantly cautious of conspiracies to disrupt the work force of the country. However, I have the fullest confidence that our working people will safeguard the workers' rights and unitedly defeat such conspiracies that come with ulterior motives.

Hence, I trust the workers of the country will cooperate with the government to overcome all local and international challenges.

I salute the workers of Sri Lanka and their trade unions on this May Day.

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