UNP manifesto focuses on Japan-like economy revival plan: RW

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Whilst stating that Sri Lanka is slated to lose one million jobs and foreign revenue worth USD 7 billion this year, former Prime Minister and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today said manifesto of his party has focused on this issue.

Launching his party's manifesto for the general election 2020, Mr Wickremesinghe said a UNP Government if elected will raise USD 6 billion utilizing the assistance of IMF and through financial sources.

He pledged to revive Sri Lanka’s relationship with other countries through a strong proactive foreign policy. “Our economic revival plan will set the basis to build a competitive platform similar to Japanese model" Mr. Wickremesinghe said.

"We will pay an allowance of Rs 10,000 a month for those who become unemployed due to the COVID-19 crisis. This includes those who return from foreign employment," he said.

Moratorium for Enterprise Sri Lanka loans below Rs 50 million, payment of Rs 10,000 to families affected by lockdown, business support scene including SME support scheme, new laws to protect businesses from bankruptcy due to lockdown caused by COVID-19, digitalizing the economy, enhancing Suwaserya ambulance service by adding air mobile hospitals and a paramedical service and compensation to everyone who die while engaged in providing services to overcome COVID-19, restarting the program of providing free computer tabs to school children, government financing of private schools and introducing Public Health Emergency act are some of the pledges made in the manifesto as explained by the UNP Leader.

Also he said that UNP would never support any amendment to the constitution which abolishes independent commissions.

" I don't intend to sling mud at opponents but wish to debate on our manifesto. There is no use in slinging mud at anyone as such an act will not increase our vote bank" he said. (Yohan Perera)

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  • BigEars Thursday, 16 July 2020 10:46 PM

    I am no supporter of UNP, but this is a good decision. Japan started from scratch with the help of the United States after the second world war.

    Bala Gunawardana Thursday, 16 July 2020 11:11 PM

    You can make any number of fancy promises because you will be in the third place.

    Adam Speak Thursday, 16 July 2020 11:23 PM

    Your honour, Why you want copy other countries economic models. We must have our own economic model. I believe that our President has better understanding and International Relationship than you say. We have already seen enough of your talks.

    sach Thursday, 16 July 2020 11:26 PM

    Just go away

    perera Thursday, 16 July 2020 11:59 PM

    Please keep this manifesto safetly at home, there is no use of it for anyone now, if you dont understand, wait till first week of August ! Good bye !

    kondaya77 Friday, 17 July 2020 12:16 AM

    Why don't you go away you phony Rat.Ranil.

    Middle Class Friday, 17 July 2020 12:33 AM

    Why now. Isn't this about 5 years too late. Why not first deliver on your last set of promises.

    Channa Friday, 17 July 2020 03:29 AM

    How pathetic, A great party became a place for bunch of jokers

    ajith77 Friday, 17 July 2020 04:04 AM

    Your government killed local industries and imported everything. Talking about Japan like economy is a joke

    Lumbini Friday, 17 July 2020 04:57 AM

    Are you kidding me?

    hoodwinker Friday, 17 July 2020 05:33 AM

    You are a day dreamer, get a life!

    Ram Friday, 17 July 2020 05:39 AM

    2015 RW plan misfired with the Bank robbery. Will this plan fire well?

    lion Friday, 17 July 2020 05:56 AM

    How many manifestos you and other parties who have governed this country had published.We will use them as toilet papers please make sure to publish them in a soft paper so we can use it comfortably.

    Mm Friday, 17 July 2020 06:10 AM

    Ah now it’s not like Singapore ? Will this plan be like the bond scam, Volkswagen, google loone and free wifi?

    Suresh De silva Friday, 17 July 2020 06:46 AM

    What a joker! Now Japan style economy once it was Singapore style , what we need is you to retire

    Bandu Friday, 17 July 2020 08:35 AM

    Why now after 5 years. He must have done an economics and planning course during 2015 - 2019 about the Japanese model. Fooling us as he has done since 1977.

    Prem Nalin Friday, 17 July 2020 08:42 AM

    What about old people who worked hard in SL and foreign countries

    june macapagal Friday, 17 July 2020 11:20 AM

    This is going to be the end to his political career. For sure he is going to loose the election this time because no is going to vote for such an idiot who did nothing but robbed the Central Bank. Let him rest in peace after the elections at home.

    Anoosh Friday, 17 July 2020 12:09 PM

    Hon. Sir, we hope for the best and wish UNP good luck in future endeavours.

    Raj Friday, 17 July 2020 12:21 PM

    Only Leader Can Rebuild The Economy With His Experience and Knowledge There Is No Other Bailout For Our Country From This Situation People Like It Or Not SL Needs A Head Of The Country With The Strong Principals Second In Command With The Clear Vision, Experience And Knowledge

    Sambo Friday, 17 July 2020 12:56 PM

    You promise things which never materializes like the 1 million jobs you promised in your government. So the public are sick of your lies and your performance as a whole.

    Ups Friday, 17 July 2020 04:53 PM

    Add to manifesto,here after, never steal a cent from public money,and promise to return all the money stole back to government coffers

    dickie bird Friday, 17 July 2020 06:30 PM

    A bankrupt politician with no home baked plans.

    Hamid Friday, 17 July 2020 07:34 PM

    We still have doubts that you will reorganize swindlers and plunder a government bank,add to manifesto, you never do it again


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