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* Purpose of devolution is not to strengthen politicians but people - President
Sat, Oct 21, 2017, 11:47 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 21, Vavuniya: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says that the devolution of power should not be carried out in the interest of politicians but it should be dedicated to strengthen the people and fulfill their needs.

The aim of decentralization of power is to equally hand over the benefits of development to each citizen and to create an environment for each person to live in a just society, the President said today addressing the concluding ceremony of the "Nila Mehewara" President's official people service program in Vavuniya district.

Devolution of power should never divide or separate the country, the President emphasized.

The President stressed that the government is committed to the development and political reforms and has clearly indicated that this country will not be divided while acknowledging that objections will emerge during the process.

He said that a solution has to be found granting justice to all and stressed that those who oppose to the political reforms today will have to bear the responsibility when those problems give rise to conflicts in the future.

President Sirisena pointing out that those who criticize and protest against the government's proposals for reforms have not provided any solutions to the issues requested them to submit their proposals for the reforms to the government.

The President said a draft of a new Constitution has not yet been prepared and the government hopes to obtain the suggestions ideas from all stakeholders in preparing a new constitution which will be discussed and amended according to the wishes of the public.

He further said the report submitted to the parliament on a new constitution has ensured the foremost place to Buddhism and the unitary status of the country. He added that provisions have clearly been included in the new constitution for the creation of a society of coexistence and equality between all peoples of the country.

President Sirisena said many groups as well as some local newspapers are propagating false information at a large scale using the media freedom accorded to them by the government. He said the media should remain impartial and show fairness and be independent. He said these newspapers are misguiding the masses, government officials, the tri forces as well as the Maha Sangha through fallacies.

"Those who writes false reports have no love for country. They only have political agenda," the President said and added that these media are operated by the anti-government bankrupt politicians who want to gain power again through racism and division.

President Sirisena requested tall the citizens of the country to understand the social reality and to extend support to fir political reforms.


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