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President Maithripala Sirisena said the Government must assure that the practice of youth going after politicians to gain employment, should end as soon as possible.

The President made the remark addressing the closing ceremony of the Yovun Puraya in Trincomalee on Saturday.

"Many people visit my house every morning asking me to put their children in school and others come looking for jobs,” he said.

“The youth who make new inventions and those who have innovative ideas do not get an opportunity to do their bit for the country. It is our duty to end this situation. This Government cannot afford to make the same mistakes, which the Governments in the past have made," the President said.

"There was a youth insurgency in 1971 and in 1988/89 and it was the majority of youth, who died in the war in the North and the East. Do we leave room for another youth rebellion? We need to allow the youth the status they deserve in society," he said.

"Sri Lanka is blessed with several cultures and sub cultures. We Sri Lankans carry our motherland forward by uniting all these. Youth of this country is also a powerful force in this endeavor" he added.

"Youth hood is the noblest period in anyone’s life. One cannot get his/her youth again after passing that period in life. It is the duty of the rulers to allow the youth to play their independent role in the development process of the country," he said.

Countering the Chief Minister of Eastern Province Nazeer Ahamed, who wanted the issues faced by the unemployed graduates in the North, the President said there were unemployed graduates all over the country.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing the event said his Government would bring in development projects, which were even bigger than the Mahaweli project soon.

He said these would generate employment to thousands of youth.

"We will also pay special attention to the North and the East," he said.

He said Sri Lanka will work with a number of countries as it enjoyed the support of the world more than before.

Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan said no one could be happy about the war.

He said it was not worth spending time contemplating as to why the country had to face a war.

Mr. Sampanthan said reconciliation was the order of the day.

Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed stressed that Government should bring in vast development projects such as the Port City to the East as well. (Yohan Perera in Trincomalee)

 

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  • Dammika Monday, 03 April 2017 02:54 PM

    At last someone said this. Learn lessons from other countries. Without robbing or without being a burden to the others or society there are plenty of things you can learn and be yourself. Culture or mentality of being a Dr. or Engineer forget it. There are many other ways to become someone

    RW Sunday, 02 April 2017 09:08 PM

    since no jobs available no need to go behind anyone via DM iOS App

    Dot Monday, 03 April 2017 03:46 AM

    I remember giving a ride to a young soldier back in 1994 .he had is A levels but was from a rural area .I asked him why the army? His reply was incredible ..worth our while to reflect ..I translate his words but it does not have the same impact on our minds ..'this is the only job I could have got without going to a Politician ..and then to my next question on his rank when I knew of A level yout in higher ranks ..he replies for that we must have big bank accounts to show to be used when needed ..I had no answers !

    ranja manula Monday, 03 April 2017 05:01 AM

    Were you born yesterday to hood wink the masses.

    M.o.A.Careem Monday, 03 April 2017 06:26 AM

    no news is good news - have to go for redress early

    RW Monday, 03 April 2017 06:50 AM

    since no jobs available no need to go behind anyone via DM iOS App

    JAN Monday, 03 April 2017 08:02 AM

    MS you are with SLFP for nearly 30yrs clearly knows how you gave jobs and now cannot stop that just saying your words have to change entire system which no one can do via DM Android App

    Tissa Monday, 03 April 2017 08:30 AM

    Leave aside jobs people are sending there choices to local government bodies once they deletedvoters should go back to this culprit s small jobs like clearing the garbage and road sit is there prime job to Keep city clean via DM Android App

    bribe Monday, 03 April 2017 09:58 AM

    This is our culture

    DillonDP Monday, 03 April 2017 12:39 PM

    youths are going behind politicians for jobs cause there is no proper system for them to be hired fairly ... and overall the system is corrupted


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