The state institutions will be made profitable ventures without privatising them, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his May Day address. He said these institutions would be placed under a Public Wealth Trust giving more and more benefits to the people at large.
“These public properties will come under the Public Wealth Trust and be owned by the people. The value of this trust will be more than the total value of all blue chip companies in the country. The state banks can also come under it, ” he said, speaking at the United National Party's (UNP's) May Day rally at Campbell Park last evening.
“The proceeds of all institutions that come under the wealth trust will be put in a special fund which will also be controlled by the people," he said.
He averred that no state institution would be privatised. He said the government would see to it that these institutions do not become a burden on the people.
He also pledged to introduce a new salary scheme to the public and private sector. “A new salary system will be introduced by the year 2020. It will be based on the cost of living unlike the existing system which is based on a minimum salary. This will be implemented through a collective effort of businessmen, workers and the government,” he said.
A number of other pledges were made by the Prime Minister. They included doubling the GDP by 2023 and constructing an elevated highway from Peliyagoda to Colombo City.
“Many made sacrifices to bring President Maithripala Sirisena to power and to form a national government. You went through a lot of hardship to fulfil this objective. Now it is the time to reward the people who made sacrifices to bring this government to power. This is a time when we will work for the well being of the people and the country. We set up oversight committees. We did all this to give concessions to the people, he said.
Criticising the joint opposition, he said the opponents of the government were talking of holding anti-UNP rallies. “What does anti-UNP mean? Is it pushing the country into a debt trap of Rs 400 billion? Is it purchasing luxury aeroplanes and spending lavishly. They have used Rs 1000 billion of state funds for their personal use. No wonder they oppose the FCID,” he said.
UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa and Ministers Harin Fernando, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and Ravi Karunanayake also spoke at the rally. The presence of Minister Rajitha Senaratne was a notable feature.
A resolution was passed to add the Rs 10,000 increment given to the public sector workers to the basic salary by the year 2020 and to make the Rs 2500 increment given to private sector compulsory and to allow public servants to continue working till they reach the age of 60 instead of putting them under contract when they reach 55. These were read out by Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara at the rally. (Yohan Perera)
Dear PM, first do, then talk. Will, going to, implement in future,etc are the words often told. End of the day nothing happens.
lion Monday, 02 May 2016 06:28 AM
Man of the season, I have never voted for UNP in my life.During the war his comments were disgraceful.But things got change dramatically the way he conduct himself.His request for national government and putting his weight behind common candidate.change my attitude towards him gradually.His conducts during tours to Japan, China showed he wanted to develop this country and he is a man above petty politics.Hope he will stear this country out of trouble waters which was a creation of the family rule.
Premalal Monday, 02 May 2016 07:24 AM
The people will get the first reward from today with 15% vat. We also known that the benefits of the wealth trust will go to "some people " as it always did.
Arnold Monday, 02 May 2016 07:31 AM
No where in the world state institutions are profitable, unless they command absolute monopoly in the field.But in Sri Lanka even state institutions that have absolute monopoly like CEB are loss making due to rampant corruption.
Sarath Sathkumara Monday, 02 May 2016 07:48 AM
Is this a joke Mr. Prime Minister?CPC and Sri Lankan airlines are losing Billions when oil is at $30 per barrel. What are you going to do when oil goes to $100 again? Do you really think a bunch of politicians or your cronies are capable of running businesses? Managing an airline is one of the hardest things to do as it is a global competitive industry with many variable to handle.Haven't you seen enough corruption and waste that each Sri Lankan citizen is indebted due to mismanagement of these enterprises?If you can't privatize them ( you are too much of a politician and I do not think you have the courage to do so) at least list them in the stock market (that is what India has done) so the management becomes answerable to the private investors.
Truth Monday, 02 May 2016 10:28 AM
Absolutely correct, Need concrete action.
Janee Janaya Monday, 02 May 2016 02:35 PM
PM has to deal with jokers of concreted-posts in there, must refurbish CEB
shami Monday, 02 May 2016 03:41 PM
You think state employees will suddenly stop taking bribes?
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