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* President discusses issues of the people in Vavuniya in ‘Discussion with the village’
Sat, Apr 3, 2021, 08:48 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says the ideology that brought him to power must be protected from the enemy forces who wage a false propaganda campaign to defeat that ideology and he is committed to fulfill his promises to the people.

"I always say Gotabaya Rajapaksa is not important. What matters is the ideology and force that brought me here. That is what we must protect. The aim of the false propaganda carried out by the enemy forces is to defeat this ideology. I am fulfilling my promises to the people,” said President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

President Rajapaksa said the economy that had collapsed when he came to power is being developed as a local green economy, even in the midst of the Covid epidemic.

He called on the people to blame him if he could not solve the problems of the people during his tenure.

President Rajapaksa made these remarks addressing a gathering at the inauguration of the 17th “Gama Samaga Pilisandara” (Discussion with the Village) program held this morning (03) at the Bogaswewa Maha Vidyalaya premises in the Wediwaithyakallu Grama Niladhari Division of the Vavuniya North Divisional Secretariat Division in the Vavuniya District of the Northern Province.

Focusing on the topics currently being discussed, the President said that the quality of all goods imported for consumption is regularly inspected. A consignment of imported coconut oil was found unfit for consumption as a result of such Investigations. He pointed out that it is the responsibility of the relevant agencies to ensure the quality of consumer goods by conducting continuous inspections.

Explaining the role he played during his short tenure in power, the President said that the cultivation of katupol (oil palm), which was causing serious damage to the environment, had been completely banned. Recognizing the beneficial effects of coconut oil consumption, the import of palm oil was stopped.

Opportunities to bring drugs into the country are blocked. The raids have led to the seizure of narcotics as well as items unfit for consumption.

Groups that lied about white vans, crocodiles and sharks when he came to power are now socializing lies and misconceptions about the environment after their false propaganda failed.

President Rajapaksa said the false propaganda carried out by the organized local and foreign forces against the government and himself should be defeated and the ideology that brought him to the presidency should be defended.

Some Buddhist monks find it difficult to perform their religious duties due to the need to take care of their parents. Therefore, the President revealed that it was decided to provide employment to the families who gave their children for the Sasana under the 100,000 job program.

After listening to the views expressed by the people regarding the water shortage in the Vavuniya District, the President instructed the officials to take steps to solve the drinking water problem that has existed for decades within a year.

About 92 percent of the population of the district suffers from shortage of drinking water. Rs. 60 billion will be allocated for the Water Supply Scheme, which will be implemented as an accelerated project. It was decided to rehabilitate all tube wells in the area and start a number of community water projects as a quick fix.

The people pointed out that the shortage of teachers, buildings and desks in the schools in the district was a major problem that needed to be resolved soon. The President instructed the Ministry of Education to provide information and statistics in this regard and to allocate funds as required.

The “Discussion with the Village” program was launched on September 25, 2020 in the Badulla District. Past programs were organized covering Matale, Ratnapura, Anuradhapura, Ampara, Polonnaruwa, Kalutara, Moneragala, Kegalle, Kandy, Puttalam, Trincomalee, Kurunegala, Galle, Nuwara Eliya and Matara districts.

The President’s aim is to meet the people of the remote villages outside the city who have not been given due attention so far, inquire into their problems and immediately bring them to the attention of the officials and provide solutions. Problems that take time to resolve will be noted to be addressed later. The aim of the "Discussion with the Village" program is to reach out to the people of the village, ask their questions and find solutions through their own suggestions.

Wediwaithyakallu Grama Niladhari Division is located about 38 km east of Vavuniya town bordering Padaviya in Anuradhapura district and Kebithigollewa Divisional Secretariat on the south and Nandimithra village on the west.

Bogaswewa 1, Bogaswewa 2, Kambiliwewa, Wediwaithyakallu, Kovilpuliyankulama and Veheratenna villages belong to the Grama Niladhari Division. The village of Wediwaithyakallu consists of 478 families and has a population of 1,520. Paddy and chena farming is the main livelihood of the people.

The President, arrived in Bogaswewa to participate in the ‘Discussion with the Village’ and proceeding to Bogaswewa Maha Vidyalaya, spoke to the people gathered on both sides of the road and inquired about information and problems in the area.

President Rajapaksa handed over two laptops donated by SLT Mobitel to Bogaswewa Maha Vidyalaya and Nedunkerni Maha Vidyalaya and a television set donated by Dialog to the principals.

Another objective of President Rajapaksa is to develop school library facilities in all areas where the “Discussion with the Village” program is held. The President presented sets of books to schools under the program “A generation empowered with knowledge”. Each school receives 500 books covering a number of subjects to assist students in their further education.

A program to grant title deeds to the families who had been in possession of government lands without clear ownership started recently. President Rajapaksa symbolically presented title deeds for 5 families in the Vavuniya North Divisional Secretariat area.

The President awarded three scholarships to study courses conducted by the Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka.

The Road Development Authority was entrusted with the development of 37 km of by-roads in Bogaswewa and surrounding villages and 02 main bridges in the area.

The President instructed to renovate 16 tanks in the Bogaswewa village and 17 tanks including the Kivul Oya project.

The President said that temples in the area should be developed to protect the archeological heritage.

It was decided to build electric fences to protect the villages that are threatened by wild elephants.

The need to develop the Bogaswewa Primary Health Center for inpatient treatment was emphasized. The President directed to fill the shortage of doctors, nurses and other staff in the hospitals in the area and to meet the infrastructure facilities and other requirements.

There was a lengthy discussion on resolving the long standing land ownership issues and facilitating the villagers to engage in agricultural activities.

Governor of the Northern Province Mrs. P.S.M. Charles, Vavuniya District Parliamentarians Cader Mastan, Kulasingham Thileepan, People's Representatives of the District, Lalith Weeratunga, Chief Adviser to the President, Secretaries to Ministries, Heads of Government Institutions and the Security Forces participated in the "Discussion with the Village" program held at the Bogaswewa School premises.


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