Aug 20, Colombo: At the next general election, the people's opinion will be sought in a technologically advanced, modernized and civilized country, said the Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms, Gayantha Karunathilaka.
Minister Karunathilaka said the public can be content of the environment prevailing in the country at present as the unity government completes two years in office.
Speaking at a media conference held at the United National Party (UNP) headquarters Sirikotha today Mr. Karunathilake said there are many things to be celebrated when looking back at the last two years after taking over the country.
"State revenues have gone up and expenditure has been reduced. Lavish celebrations that drain public finances have been stopped. Two years ago, we observed unproductive investments in the country in white elephant projects. Harbors without ships, Airports that need to light up firecrackers before landing planes are what the last government invested in," he said.
The Minister pointed out that Sri Lanka had an abysmal human rights record when the present government took over. "Especially we have topped the human rights violations record. It was such a country that we accepted."
Highlighting the government's achievements further, Minister Karunathilaka said it is extremely satisfactory to note that Sri Lanka has become a country that provides relief to its citizens and won confidence in the international fora.
The Minister recalled that salaries of employees in the public sector were increased by 10,000 rupees. Salaries in the private sector also saw an increase. The constructions of the northern and the central expressways have been launched. Schools all throughout the island have been developed.
"Looking back, these are the things we can rejoice during this two-year period of engagement. We have been able to consolidate international confidence. "
"We have created a good situation today. Oil prices, electricity bills and gas prices have been reduced. The prices of medicines were reduced. None of the reduced prices have been increased during the past two years. We can celebrate many such things," Minister Karunathilaka added.
Responding to a question raised by a media personal the minister stated that the government does not interfere with the affairs of the judiciary whatsoever.