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SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa said his economic plans were people-centric and aimed at uplifting everyone’s living standards.

He expressed these views while speaking at the upcountry youth forum held last Saturday at Waters Edge in Battaramulla.

“As a whole, my economic and development plans are not limited to one region but people-centric. Any development plan should be inclusive to increase the income of all citizens instead of making a selected group of people rich. Although the per capita income is high in the country, some people still live below the poverty line. There is no point if our development projects don’t benefit all citizens and if one faction is always poor. There should be a system to uplift the livelihood of people who are below the poverty line,” he said.

On a different note, he said the estate sector was the highest foreign exchange earner of the country and that it was time for export diversification.

“It is unfair if we stick only to tea when speaking of the estate sector. The livelihood of the people in the region should be uplifted. The youth have to tap the tourism sector in order to do this. The children in the region should be given equal educational opportunities,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Dee Tuesday, 08 October 2019 10:12 AM

    Well said. Need of the hour if need to uplift the economy. Policies should be people centric and inclusive

    Lion Tuesday, 08 October 2019 11:51 AM

    All these years we saw these talks and booklets carrying their policies for implementation.once in power every thing is forgotten.

    gamaya Tuesday, 08 October 2019 11:57 AM

    Reading off a script written by some one else....

    Maru kolla Tuesday, 08 October 2019 01:25 PM

    By borrowing more from the Chinese?

    Nimal Tuesday, 08 October 2019 01:33 PM

    People white van?

    Realist Tuesday, 08 October 2019 02:06 PM

    People of Hambanthota!

    Dee Tuesday, 08 October 2019 03:18 PM

    Family Centric to be exact!


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