Nov 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says the government has implemented many development projects island wide allocating a huge amount of money, and the government is committed to ensure maximum transparency when implementing the development projects.
Participating in a ceremony to open the newly constructed building at the Elahera District Secretariat, on Saturday, the President recalled that he left the previous government against the fraud and corruption. He said the government irrespective of political differences will take legal actions against all the wrongdoers if any, while considering it as a main characteristic of the concept of good governance.
"We can see some officials are reluctant to take some decisions in the process of the development. No state official should be scared to fulfill their respective responsibilities honestly as well as accurately," President Sirisena said.
The projects being implemented in the Elahera-Bakamuna area under various development fields as well as the projects which are to be implemented in the future in this area worth around Rs.3.5 billion. Out of this amount Rs.1.274 billion has been invested already for various development projects.
The President vested several development projects in the Elahera- Bakamuna area with the public as well as with the students.
The President vested the three-storied building built at the Mahasen Maha Vidyalaya in Bakamuna with the students. The newly built building constructed at a cost of Rs. 16.8 million comprises two Technical Units and eight classrooms.
Nalaka Kolonne MP, Co-President of the Elahera Provincial Coordination Committee Amarawansha Mohotti, the staff of the school including the Principal Gamini Samarakoon, parents, past pupils and others participated on this occasion.
Later, the President also opened the newly constructed building of the Elahera District Secretariat.
Title deeds were handed over to 57 land recipients in the Elahera Division and marking the event the President symbolically handed over those title deeds to the people.
Addressing the gathering the President said that over the past few decades, there has been a decline in development in the Polonnaruwa district, and said that he is hopeful to develop the fields of Education, Health and Agricultural sector by the year 2018 eliminating the unjust in the development process for the District.
At present, in 150 schools out of the 242 schools in the Polonnaruwa district, new projects including the construction of new buildings have been implemented with the contribution of Tri-Forces, and in future it is expected to vest newly constructed 100 buildings at 100 schools in the district, in the same day, with the students.
President Sirisena also opened the newly built two-storied building at the Kottapitiya Junior School. The building constructed at a cost of Rs. 8.4 million comprises six classrooms.
A sapling was planted at the premises of the school to mark the visit of the President to the school. Awards were presented to the First Student of the school W.M. Gamini Wijekoon and for the student A.W.G. Odatha Ambawatte who obtained highest marks in the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination.
The President posed for a group photographs with the Air Force team who contributed to construct the building and with the staff of the school including the Principal B.L.J. Gunasekara.