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Situ in SL will improve by National New Year, 2019

23 October 2018 06:30 am - 28     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The situation in Sri Lanka will turn for the better by next year's National New Year, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.

He said this at a ceremony held at Temple Trees where appointment letters were handed over to 370 new Grama Niladaris. The ceremony was organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

“We had a debt issue till recently and we have resolved it to a great extent even amid criticism. Then the country was hit by a drought. New we are faced with the global economic crisis with an increase in the price of fuel and the strengthening of the dollar. We can face these situations as well with the situation improving by the 2019 National New Year,” the Prime Minister said. “Sri Lanka could have faced the global economic crisis better if we had an export-driven economy. However, our foreign reserves are sufficient to face any crises."

He said government was able to launch more than 100,000 development projects at grassroots level and pointed out that it was for the first time that so many projects had been launched. “There are shortcomings in our programmes and I request the relevant officers to resolve them,” the Premier said and added that funds should be provided to farmers in drought-hit areas so that they could start work now that there was rains in those areas.

Home Affairs Minister Wajira Abeywardene said public servants including the newly appointed Grama Niladaris could not work independently. He said they were duty-bound to implement government policies at grassroots level.

“The late President had to remove more than 100,000 public servants because of a grave issue during his time. However, this government will make sure that public servants are properly advised and guided in performing their duties,” he said. "You will be dealt under the Establishment Code while we politicians will be judged by the people when our term ends." The minister said Grama Niladaries will be located in “ Nila Sevana” offices which will be jointly used by the agriculture officers and economic development officers

Public Administration Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara said Grama Niladaries who function at grassroots level are important components in the state machinery because they are the ones who implement government policies. “This government has given the needed boost to public servants with a Rs.10,000 salary increase,” he said. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 28

  • Cobra Tuesday, 23 October 2018 06:53 AM

    Can we wait that long?

    Shame Tuesday, 23 October 2018 08:37 AM

    "Cock and Bull story". Economy will implode by 2019

    Modaya Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:06 AM

    Impossible to predict anything that is similar to directionless fog...voters are being fooled by selfish politicians. Sadly our lovely country is heading towards disaster...

    Pohottu Aiya Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:13 AM

    Pohottuwa can fix this with assistamce from China and lots of vision

    Jude Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:16 AM

    What have you done to improve the situation!???words, assurance and timelines means nothing!!??? Public needs tangible actions!!! All third world countries face global crisis!!?? How you overcome that situation is where people have given a mandate to the govt to act swiftly!!??

    Missaka Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:28 AM

    So that means, no elections till then (Apr 2019)!.

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:32 AM

    Dream on, Ranil!

    Premalal Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:40 AM

    But then, in 2015 you said that the country would be prosperous with a million jobs.

    Tom Jones Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:43 AM

    Is this like your Volkswagen factory at Kulliyapitiya or the Central Bank Bond Scam. What about your gold chains and chewing gum. You and your Royal Cabal should burn in Hell.

    UPALI Tuesday, 23 October 2018 09:17 AM

    Yah... Not to forget CD players

    Unchikun Tuesday, 23 October 2018 08:15 AM

    I was born in the 50s. I have head this story for the last 60 years. It is all but a carrot. Thanks and GO now.

    Ram Tuesday, 23 October 2018 08:20 AM

    Yes Sir...It better be, we have all had enough of your thamashas...... if not you all will be out of the picture by 2020 presidential elections and will be out for a very long time....

    hans perlee Tuesday, 23 October 2018 08:22 AM

    Global economic crisis? Increase of fuel price? Crude oil price now is $79,58. Down 0,31%.About a world crisis, Sri Lanka is in an economic crisis, created by this Government

    Desmon Tuesday, 23 October 2018 08:27 AM

    Please double check it again sir. Next presidential election is in 2020 not 2019.

    lkboy Tuesday, 23 October 2018 09:26 AM

    and then the year after.

    sobers Tuesday, 23 October 2018 09:33 AM

    People are fed up with the same old political parties in Sri lanka, which has bought misery, hardships, hatredness, communal tensions, and much more. It is time for the people to think and bring in new, young, professionals with proven ability and quality leaders than these bullshit fellows!

    Rasheed Tuesday, 23 October 2018 09:54 AM

    Country will not improve, but your and UNP Minister's Bank balance will improve.

    Sanath Tuesday, 23 October 2018 10:30 AM

    He always talks in the future tense, but nothing happens and also cannot see any tangible steps taken towards reaching that goal. Only trying to keep the people speculating of the so called wonderful era that is to be dawned.

    sam silva Tuesday, 23 October 2018 01:28 PM

    Great. So you decided to resign?You ruined the country last 5 yrs. Failed totally Yahapalanaya promises. Robbed the Central bankSri Lanka economy would have been better if we the fools did not vote you in

    Haramanis Tuesday, 23 October 2018 01:40 PM

    Let all UNP'ers lead by the Prime Minister himself, all hold their breaths until the National New Year 2019!!

    Ronnie Bugger Tuesday, 23 October 2018 02:12 PM

    Fantasy Man is back. Must have participated at an 'anjanam eliya' ceremony while in India to predict what he says. Sing your egoistic songs to the birds, Mr PM.

    DG Tuesday, 23 October 2018 04:33 PM

    False promises and statements have not improved this country. On Sept 23 this paper reported PM saying `Solution to devaluation crisis within a month`. Sept 20 1US$= 168.63 and today 174.12 so what solution. He talks but nothing happens for betterment.

    Martin Milton Tuesday, 23 October 2018 06:19 PM

    You are right Mister PM. It WILL be ...BUT with a different Honest, National minded, courageous Leadership in power hopefully. MM

    Citizen Tuesday, 23 October 2018 06:49 PM

    Country can prosper only after you are thrown out.

    Harini Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:15 PM

    Debt issue, drought, global economic crisis...almost as though no other government had or has to deal with problems. That's a part of the job, Mr.Prime Minister. Stop excusing yourself. If you can't do the job required of you, then just go home. Next National New Year may be an auspicious time for the UNP led government to hang up their dancing shoes.

    raja Tuesday, 23 October 2018 09:25 PM

    Now PM became new year astrologer.

    ranmala Wednesday, 24 October 2018 05:16 AM

    Mr PM go and tell these to Konda benthapu cheenunta. No one is going to believe you. You politicians ruined this beautiful isle beyond repair. No end to corruption. Shielding the corrupt. Entire country know who are the corrupt. Better you guys get lost. We will find good people to govern this country

    GH Wednesday, 24 October 2018 11:02 AM

    Just a DREAM not a FACT! No any steps proven to support the statement at all.

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