Aug 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today assured that the government will not cut off or reduce the poverty alleviation benefits granted to low income families.
The President noted that there are large number of people in the country who are eligible for the Samurdhi benefit but have not been granted them yet and therefore the government will not cut off that benefit but will try to provide it to new applicants too.
Speaking at a ceremony to hand over 5000 deeds of lands to the farmers in Walawe Zone) at Gam Udava Playground, Embilipitiya on Friday, President Sirisena said accusations made by various political groups that government is going to cut off the Samurdhi benefits are not true.
"The current government always takes policy decisions for the betterment of the people," he said.
The President said the government expects to implement a new program in the agricultural sector to strengthen the economy of the farmers as well as the national economy through increasing the foreign market for local vegetables and fruits.
He said the government has planned a program to attract the young generation to the agriculture through modernizing the agricultural sector.
Commenting on ensuring people’s rights for land, the President said the government officers have the responsibility to do these works without any delay, irrespective of the politics or political parties.
The President stated that mega conflicts in the history were based on the right to lands. He said the government is performing to fulfill its responsibility to give all Sri Lankans a right to own land.
The President symbolically handed over 5000 deeds to residents of Mahaweli colonies under the national program to hand over 100,000 land deeds to the landless.
Ministers Mahinda Amaraweera, Thalatha Athukorala, Deputy Ministers Anuradha Jayaratne and Karunaratne Paranavithana were among those participated in this occasion.