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* Sri Lankan President addresses youth issues on Twitter, fears revolution from sons if social media blocked in country
Thu, May 8, 2014, 08:58 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 08, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he will not block any social media sites Facebook and Twitter in Sri Lanka.

When asked during a Twitter Q&A session hosted by the President today whether there is any plan to block social websites such as Facebook, Twitter etc. in Sri Lanka, the President said he fears a revolution from his sons if he blocks the social media sites.

"I have more than 300K like on Facebook & more than 25K on Twitter. How can I & why should I block them. If I block these, I will have a revolution at home from my sons," the President tweeted.

In the Twitter session that lasted more than one hour on the President's Twitter account #WCY2014MR he tweeted answers to a wide ranging set of questions regarding youth issues.

Responding to questions on unemployment among youth, the President replied that Sri Lanka is not apparently providing the skills they need for current jobs.

"We don't seem to be providing the skills required in the job market. Youth also don't seem to interested in available jobs due to certain misconceptions," he tweeted.

Commenting on steps taken by the Government to get youth involved in the decision making process, he tweeted, "Youth Parliament is one. When I make the country's Budget, I consult youth and women. Women's organizations submit many proposals which are included in the Budget."

"My Government has a large number of young MPs. Also, there are many in other elected political bodies," he said.

The President said he is seriously considering increasing the Mahapola Scholarship which has remained at Rs. 2,500 since 2006.

"Yes, we are seriously considering it. Studies indicate that there are about 10% of students who are most deserving of assistance. These students will get a substantial increase," he said.

When asked how the government policies address the specific needs of youth affected by the war in the north/east, the President said the youth in the North are also provided with all the facilities that are in the schools in the South.

"Terrorism took away all the rights of these young people. We are restoring all of them, "he said giving an example that 2013 best O/L exam results were from the North.

"This is the result of our work. Youth in the North are provided with all facilities that are in the schools in the South like IT labs," he tweeted.

The Twitter session was moderated by the Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga.

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