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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday stressed the need for Sri Lanka to have a ten-year development plan to stabilise the economy and that it was time for the people to decide whether they want such a plan without which this country would not prosper.

The Prime Minister said this during a ceremony held to distribute land deeds and titles to people in Anuradhapura.

“This government has faced many challenges since taking office. The Treasury was empty when we took over in 2015 and the country caught up in a debt trap. Then came the floods and the drought. This was followed by the Easter Sunday bombings. Many thought the country will not recover from the 21/4 tragedy. No one dared to come out of their houses. The tourism sector was affected. However, people now come out of their houses without fear. We expect the tourism sector to bounce back by November this year. However the country needs a ten-year plan to stabilise the economy and it is up to the people to decide," he said.

“Many governments in the world have failed to fulfil the promises they made during the election campaign. Only a few governments are able to keep the promises they make and the current Sri Lankan Government is one such,” he added.

Lands Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke said the government would continue to strive towards enacting the State Lands Special Provisions Bill to give more people the opportunity of owning land. (Yohan Perera and Athula Bandara)

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  • Anura Hettiarachchi Saturday, 03 August 2019 12:11 PM

    Mr. PM - You have been in politics for 50 years. My question is; is a period of 10 years longer then 50 years???

    samson Saturday, 03 August 2019 04:10 PM

    In a 10 year plan you can completely ruin the economy.

    Raja Senanayake Saturday, 03 August 2019 05:51 PM

    Ten Year Development Plans are a waste of time. We are too dependent on the world economy to do any independent planning for our economy. We must set realistic targets to maintain Foreign Reserves and work within them. We must engage only in short term planning and maintian budgetary control and Foreign Reserves

    Raja Senanayake Saturday, 03 August 2019 05:55 PM

    Legal action should be taken by the Attorney General against those who made false allegations agains the doctor if they fail to prove their charges. Let not justice be undermined y deliberate false allegations.

    Chethiyasena Saturday, 03 August 2019 06:46 PM

    Yes! And we need world class brains like former CB governor to execute those plans!

    Janaka Saturday, 03 August 2019 07:00 PM

    If PM is sincere about improving the future of the country, he and his band of merry men (and women) should leave office asap!


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