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North developing at brisk pace - Premier

  • Friday, July 22, 2011
  • Aruntha Kanagaratnam
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  • It is a matter of national pride to see the Northern Province developing fast under the guidance of a leader who provided equal treatment to people of all communities and religions, said Prime Minister D M Jayaratne.

    The Prime Minister said so after laying the foundation stone for the proposed Dedicated Economic Centre at Killinochchi on Wednesday.

    The Prime Minister said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa even though a Sinhala Buddhist, had not ill treated people of other races and religious faiths.

    "As such it is the duty of all to support and protect him," the Premier said.

    The Prime Minister said the government had formulated a large number of development programmes for the present and future welfare of the Northern and Eastern Provinces.

    "A large slice of funds has been allocated for the development of the Kilinochchi district alone. People in these areas should assist the government in implementing these development programmes," Prime Minister Jayaratne said.

    "All this work was done for the benefit of future generations rather than with elections in mind. "After the ending of a 30-year cruel war, people in North and East have gained an environment to live in unity and peace without any suspicion. Before long, a sound economy would be built to enable us to rub shoulders with the developed countries," he said.

    "The government clearly identified the burning problems of people in the war-torn areas. Steps would be taken to solve them systematically soon," Prime Minister Jayaratne said.

    The Prime Minister said the government was implementing development programmes in the North and South through genuine concern for people's needs and welfare rather than on compulsion of any political parties.

    "Petty political parties were getting unusually perturbed on seeing the vast development taking place in the country today. The government commanded a vast majority in Parliament with a complement of 161 members. The UPFA sought victory at the forthcoming local government elections to help accelerate that development process," he said.

    He said all children held in Northern camps will be rehabilitated and directed for employment in the private sector before the end of this year.

    Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Johnston Fernando, Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Minister Douglas Devananda, Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa and Northern Governor Major General G A Chandrasiri were also present.

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