Sri Lanka: Sirisena Says Struggle ‘Jointly’ To Build Nation, But Not For Power

“We should get together and jointly struggle not for the power but for solving problems by building the country,” said Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena.

“Though some groups are fighting by demanding power, nobody can even think of getting the power before the decision of the people at an election to be held in 2020,” Sirisena added.

“People can fight for political objectives during an election. But when a new government, elected by the people is taking the country forward it is the responsibility of all politicians who love the country to support the program of the government, forgetting their narrow political ambitions,” Sirisena said.

Sirisena was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Moneragala, Kumbukkan Oya Reservoir Project held on Saturday (28th Jan.).

The project is carried out at a cost of Rs. 31, 000 million to make the lives of the people in the areas prosperous.

Under this project, the water will be provided for agricultural activities while supplying required pure drinking water to the people, helping the prevention of kidney diseases.

According to the government, the people in the areas; Moneragala, Buttala and Siyambalanduwa will receive the benefits of this project. The project aims to develop 3,100 acres of agriculture, harvest of 10,315 acres and generate electricity.

Speaking further, Sirisena said that the government has already started the required program to develop agricultural sector by enhancing the living standard of the people. “The government has already taken actions to renovate small and medium tanks and implement of building of new tanks,” he said.

Sirisena assured that no issue will be arisen in the resettlement of the people who will lose their lands due to mega irrigation projects.

“The government will act to allocate all required funds for the development of Moneragala District and solve the problems of the people living there,” the President stated.

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