Govt. to introduce salary bonanza: PM

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday the government was working towards introducing a pay hike to the working class, and also to provide employment opportunities to the youth.

Addressing the UNP membership drive and the appointment of the Youth Bala Mandala in Biyagama yesterday, he said the government would provide employment opportunities to the youth through 50 industrial zones in the country.

“We will set up new industrial zones in Colombo, Hambantota, Wellawaya, Kandy, Mawathagama, Kuliyapitiya, Divulapitiya, Horana, Avissawella and Matara areas." he said.

Meanwhile, the Premier stated that the UNP, which will celebrate its 70th anniversary, would adopt the concept of its late leader J.R. Jayewardene as its future strategy.

“Late J.R. Jayewardene rallied the youth and gave them a place in the party. I was one of them. He appointed me as the Biyagama Organiser. He advised me to look for means to develop the area, for which I suggested that he set up an industrial zone in Biyagama, like the one in Katunayake.

However, it did not remain as a mere suggestion, but was materialized. Thus, Biyagama was developed," he said.

Mr. Wickremesinghe added that it was the duty of the present Biyagama Organiser Ruwan Wijewardene to find channels to bring in IT developments to the area and ensure further expansion.

However, he said concessions would be given to people once the government resolved a few issues such as controlling the cost of living. He also assured a nation with a stable security situation.
 (By Yohan Perera, W. D. M. Withanage, M.T.M Haniffa and Upali Ranaweera)

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  • Ruwan Monday, 05 September 2016 04:46 PM

    This is said prior to every election but we know that it is not possible!

    bandara Monday, 05 September 2016 05:38 PM

    OK, Mr. prime minister just gave an indication of when next balance of payment crisis is coming at a time the country is struggling to come out of the current balance of of payment crisis!

    Manilal Monday, 05 September 2016 09:51 AM

    Better adopt policies of Mr. Premadasa.

    karu Monday, 05 September 2016 09:54 AM

    At last on the right track. Three wheel job bank will take the the nation nowhere

    Unchikun Monday, 05 September 2016 09:55 AM

    Which will be followed by another tax increase. This is nuts.

    waco Monday, 05 September 2016 10:08 AM

    You can start a good Diary Farm in Yatiyantota. Acquire lands from Polatagama Estate, We-Oya Estate, Halgolla Estate and Edurapola Estate.

    ANTON Monday, 05 September 2016 10:37 AM

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH SINGAPORE

    SHEHAN Monday, 05 September 2016 11:40 AM

    First sign of a struggling government that's falling in public rating. This would further damage the economy and do no good for economic recovery.

    usaguy Monday, 05 September 2016 01:49 PM

    ya give them another 10k and get the others to pay by increasing taxes. via DM Android App

    Selvyn Monday, 05 September 2016 01:56 PM

    Country is moving towards the desired economic destination. Its for us to decide whether we are for or against. via DM Android App

    saman Monday, 05 September 2016 02:14 PM

    PM has to say something like this to keep the masses happy. So far, all talk but no action just like the VW factory and hybrid cars! hehe

    Dr.Zaheer Monday, 05 September 2016 02:48 PM

    Promises made by politicians in this country are seldom kept.

    kaboos Monday, 05 September 2016 02:57 PM

    do no commit a salary increase before the LG elections

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 05 September 2016 03:11 PM

    Please no more salary increases for Public Servants.... make them more disciplined and increase their work output.

    sal Monday, 05 September 2016 04:19 PM

    Salary increase should be linked to productivity increase. Reward only those who work hard. Public sector if over staffed and under worked. Full of lazy political appointees who are being supported by taxpayer money. Standard of public sector workers is going downwards and development in Sri Lanka will be held back till this is also tackled!


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