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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said the current challenges faced by the country was 10 times greater because of the COVID-19 pandemic than when compared with the challenges he encountered when taking over the administration.

But that he would face the situation with more vigour, the Presidential Media Division said when reporting a meeting he had with the members of the Institution of Engineers of Sri Lanka held at the Presidential Secretariat on Thursday.

The President said for many years the preparation of feasibility reports of development projects, construction supervision and decision-making have been done by foreign engineers and that the projects carried out by them had failed to meet the needs of the people.

He said the culture of assigning development projects to foreign companies will be stopped and future development programme will be entrusted to the local engineers.

“The government placed faith on the youth in the battle against terrorism. In the same manner, I will place my trust on the local engineers in the expected revolution in the construction sector and the past era of renowned engineers from Sri Lanka should be ushered in again,” the President said.

He said he was deeply saddened by the current status of the State Engineering Corporation and the Government Workshop adding that the responsibility of rebuilding these institutions better than before remains with the engineers.

The President also highlighted the importance of the contribution of local construction companies and engineers in resolving the housing problem of low and middle income earners.

“Developing the economy means raising the living standards of the people,” President Rajapaksa said adding that a development plan should be drafted with the aim of achieving this target.

The PMD said the engineers have assured they would shoulder the task of putting in place a local mechanism in the country, reciprocating the confidence placed in them by the President.

Presidential Secretary P.B. Jayasundera, Ministry Secretaries and Heads of State and Private Institutions were also present at the discussion, (Lahiru Pothmulla)
 

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  • Ranjith Saturday, 18 July 2020 09:54 AM

    Ha Ha you ruined the economy due to stupid decisions made regarding handling Corona and economy you are responsible for the current situation and suffering brought upon on the people

    Siri Saturday, 18 July 2020 10:36 AM

    THAT MEANS CORONAVIRUS NOTHING. JUST WE CAN LIVE LIKE THIS AND DIES. OK HON. PRESIDENT

    Sam Munasinghe Saturday, 18 July 2020 11:49 AM

    Appreciated Mr. President, This is what Sri Lankans wanted. Trust Srilankan engineers than the stupid unqualified people come to work here as Advisers or Engineers.

    Shiran fernando Saturday, 18 July 2020 12:44 PM

    Sir, what is the support u are getting from so caleed great economists from central bank. We dont see they have any clue on this.

    Nuwan Saturday, 18 July 2020 01:08 PM

    Plight of the State Engineering is natural. State corporations are intrinsically inefficient and corrupt. Recently in social media I've seen memes comparing Japanese railways with SLR. The difference is Japan privatized railways in 1987. A privately run, state regulated railway system would have uplifted the status of the railway in SL.

    Mahesh Sunday, 19 July 2020 08:22 AM

    People thought he will make a huge change but cannot see much difference between him and polonnaruwa case. Just talking but no proper action.


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