Oct 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says during the past two years, the national government formed jointly by the two major political parties in the country, the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has made significant progress and it was the UNP that produced the revolutionary era in the country.
The Premier pointed out that the past two years have been an era of transformation for the country as a whole and the economy burdened with heavy debt is now heading in right direction.
Participating in a media briefing held at the UNP headquarters Sirikotha on Monday to launch a report titled "A Bit of Progress", which included significant achievements made by the national government during the last two years under the UNP Leadership, the Prime Minister said that the government has paved the way for a prosperous future.
According to the Prime Minister there were six major achievements of the unity government in the last two years.
The report details these major achievements of the party including the initiatives taken to generate 400,000 new jobs, securing a home of their own for more than 200,000 families, reduction of prices of fuel by 22 percent and granting relief to the people, taking initiatives for the provision of a 20,000 rupees allowance on behalf of expectant mothers and increasing the salaries of public workers by 10,000 rupees. Meanwhile the serious crime rate has been reduced by a third.
Addressing the media, following the launch of the Progress Report, the UNP leader said that a major operation was launched last year to create economic stability in the country.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said the former government was unable to repay loan instalments and interests that had accumulated and the former President Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa called a snap election because he knew that the economy would collapse.
The Prime Minister noted that over the past two years the government was able stabilize the economy while discussions have been held with organizations such as the International Monetary Fund to repay the overdue debt. He highlighted that the government regained the GSP Plus trade concession.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stressed that the government had started all the programs promised by their policy statement, but added that there was much to do.
"Some of them have been speeded up, others have not done fast, there is much more work to do. Stability will be established. If the government does not create stability the national government will fall," he said.
He said the government is self-reviewing the work done and the work that can be done.
Premier Wickremesinghe said that a program has been prepared to uplift the domestic economy and build up the national economy with foreign investments.
The Premier expressed belief that a government joined by the UNP could gain rapid growth.
He pointed out that the development of the Bay of Bengal is a beneficial situation for Sri Lanka. He further stated that investors from any foreign country have the opportunity to develop the Trincomalee harbor and its suburbs.
In the meantime, the United National Party is getting ready for the mini polls. Accordingly the handing over letters of appointment for 34 new electoral and district organizers also took place on the occasion.
General Secretary of UNP Minister Kabir Hashim, Minister Malik Samarawickrema and State Minister Eran Wickramaratne were among those present on the occasion.