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It was essential to focus on country’s development at this moment instead of talking about other issues, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said this during a ceremony held at Temple Trees to hand over appointment letters to 1,600 new Grama Niladharies (GS) last morning.

“I have told the Ministers to spend their time for development and not to get entangled in other issues. We will have to work fulltime to fulfil development goals,” he said.

“More funds will be allocated for development this year. We need to build roads, restore tanks and generate self-employment schemes.

“A sum of Rs 80 billion will be spent for development of villages. In addition, we will start up mega development projects such as the Central Expressway and the next phase of the Southern Expressway project. Fighting against crimes has also been expedited,” the Prime Minister added.

“We took over a country with a fallen economy in 2015. The education sector was also in a crisis. We borrowed funds for everything. A country cannot depend on borrowings forever.

“The first two years of this Government was spent to stabilise the economy. State revenue is increased. We are currently in a position to repay our interests and allocate funds for development,” he said.

He said the present regime was able to bring stability to the country during the past three years.

“Grama Niladharis are a part of State machinery. They are the ones who implement Government’s policy at the village level. Home Affairs Ministry has the responsibility to get the Government policies implemented,” he stressed.

Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywardene said the Grama Niladharis cannot get away from the responsibility of implementing the State policies.

“You cannot say that you are not duty-bound to implement Government policies,” he told the Grama Niladaries, who got appointment letters. (Yohan Perera)

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  • ANTON Saturday, 02 June 2018 10:52 AM

    DEVELOPMENT OF STRIKES, TAXES, KILLINGS ?

    Herath Saturday, 02 June 2018 10:53 AM

    Why do you want to cover up the 7million taken by dayasiri that later was not revealed by mainstreem media..

    Lokka Saturday, 02 June 2018 11:04 AM

    At last sanity prevails. Now please relegate the proposed uncosited CONSTITUTION to the Dust Bin..

    patriot Saturday, 02 June 2018 11:11 AM

    How can country develop with highly corrupted MPs and Ministers surrounding you?

    Graham Saturday, 02 June 2018 11:19 AM

    I thought the PRIORITY is a charismatic leadership.....

    Appuhami Saturday, 02 June 2018 11:26 AM

    We're so lucky to have you Ranil. Sri Lanka is so proud of you! Let's forget about the central bank and focus on the development.

    Premalal Saturday, 02 June 2018 11:27 AM

    Of course, that is where the money is.

    Lankaboy Saturday, 02 June 2018 11:29 AM

    Pm: Free WIFI will be will be establish in few decades. Public: “ a true hypocrite “

    Unchikun Saturday, 02 June 2018 11:44 AM

    Hurry, deviating away from Central Bank and curruption.

    Unchikun Saturday, 02 June 2018 11:50 AM

    Good. For 3 1/2 years Ali Baba II and his gang developed themselves. Now they are starting to develop the country. What a sad situation. Aiyo!

    Evo Saturday, 02 June 2018 11:52 AM

    Too little, too lateGood bye to Yahapalayana ( aka horapalayana)

    Waco Saturday, 02 June 2018 12:15 PM

    We are anxious to know the yearly forward development programme and also the KPI set up by the government.

    Ceylon Saturday, 02 June 2018 12:41 PM

    More than 3 years you given priiority to protect thieves and help them to hide billions of dollers in other countries.what you mean development???.you mean development for thieves????.you and sirisena are the most hated traitors in srilanka now.

    Corruption Saturday, 02 June 2018 12:50 PM

    That is good that the Prime Minister has realised to go focus on development rather than stealing poor peoples monies from tbe EPF

    Ravi Saturday, 02 June 2018 01:42 PM

    After 3 years of looting the country's coffers and the citizens pockets?

    ND Saturday, 02 June 2018 02:28 PM

    You say the country is stable but the truth is the country is anything but stable! Every day there are protests of some kind or another and the government is doing nothing to stop this madness. The non-striking public is eternally inconvenienced due to these protest marches and are simply fed up. When will you ever take action????

    Tissa Saturday, 02 June 2018 03:05 PM

    Get the money you robed with your friend Arjun Mahendra back to the village for development.

    Piyumi Fernando Saturday, 02 June 2018 03:09 PM

    What development? The Rupee is going down the drain. Any explanation on that Mr MP?

    The critic Saturday, 02 June 2018 03:10 PM

    I guess having 3D glasses compulsary for cinema's was a major part of his development plan!

    Ratha Saturday, 02 June 2018 03:41 PM

    At last he woke up. He went to North and realised North is also part of SL without any factories,poor transport with no intercontinental airport,sea port,poor roads etc. Let's see how this government going to full fill the basic needs.

    VJ Saturday, 02 June 2018 03:48 PM

    Good on you Mr. PM, stay focused and stay on track. A lot is being done to distract you from moving forward with your development plans.

    Develop Saturday, 02 June 2018 04:13 PM

    Development of the country depends on the 118 members who got donations from Aloysius.

    DHA Saturday, 02 June 2018 04:24 PM

    Suddenly someone woke from the dead.....to realize his mistakes....

    Sincere Saturday, 02 June 2018 04:25 PM

    Even after the lapse of 3.5 years of his tenure he is still focusing his attention to development!!

    62 lakh idiots Saturday, 02 June 2018 04:28 PM

    අවුරුදු 4ක් ගියාට පස්සේ මොලේ පෑදිලා.

    sach Saturday, 02 June 2018 04:52 PM

    If economy was his No. 1, looking at the status of economy one can only shudder when thinking about the fate of his No. 2,3 and the rest!

    mugunthan Sunday, 03 June 2018 03:24 PM

    YOU AND THE PRESIDENT ARE THE BIGGEST POLITICAL CLOWNS IN THE COUNTRY TODAY.

    Dhammika Sunday, 03 June 2018 04:21 PM

    Why no priority for RW s REFORMS . HA , HA !

    Kathira Sunday, 03 June 2018 09:08 PM

    Priority is providing 3D glasses. - 3d vision for development of the country.


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