Dec 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says in the year 2018, priority should be given for the projects which focus on uplifting the economic status of underprivileged people and developing their livelihoods.
He made these remarks participating at the progress review meeting of the "Pibidemu Polonnaruwa (Awakening of Polonnaruwa)" District Development Programme held at the Polonnaruwa District Secretariat, today (22).
President Sirisena said that during the last three years too, the Government has given more priority for the development projects implemented to support and uplift economic standard of low-income families, than for the mega development projects.
The President also stressed the need of proper financial discipline and financial management when planning the development projects and said that it is the responsibility of officials to give maximum benefits to the public without wasting their money.
During the meeting, the President inquired the officials about information he received regarding several development projects carried out wasting public funds and highlighted the need of officials paying more attention to take appropriate actions in a suitable way when planning of development projects.
The President also instructed the officials to look into the needs of rural people, not only concerning the development of public places including the schools hospitals and temples in the city and the both sides of the road. He also informed the District Secretaries to implement a special program in this regard.
Already, 50 percent work of the project has been completed and, it was discussed in detail regarding successful implementation of the project in next year with the experiences of previous years.
Expressing his views regarding this project, the President said that it will enable the Polonnaruwa district to be named as a fully developed district in the period of 2018-2019.
Programs implemented to develop the schools in the district were discussed in detail and the President requested to give priority for the rural schools development in the year 2018.
The President also pointed out the importance of giving priority for the programs implemented for the development of agriculture as well as livestock development as the year 2018 declared as National Food Production year. He also inquired the officials regarding the plans for the next year in the field of livestock.
The President emphasized the importance of strengthening the local dairy industry, and paid his attention on providing facilities in this regard.
Discussions were also held on the progress of continuing projects on development of the regional hospitals in the district, drinking water supply, infrastructure development including the road development, irrigation development, conservation of archaeological sites, development of religious places, and all other projects including the sports.
Public officials including the District Secretary and People's representatives in the district participated on this progress review meeting.