I will continue to serve children, education - Outgoing President
OUTGOING President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said although
she will be leaving the reins of office she would continue to dedicate
herself towards the protection of children and uplift of the country's
She said she would render her utmost to activities that will promote
the welfare of the people despite leaving her decades long political
The outgoing President was addressing a ceremony to award
scholarships to students at President's House.
The event titled "Neth Padamu" was organised by the Sri Lanka
Rupavahini Corporation. Parallel to this was a felicitation ceremony to
the outgoing President by Media Institutions coming under the
Information and Media Ministry.
Addressing media heads President Kumaratunga observed that when she
took over office a decade ago the media sector was plunged in chaos. She
was able to change this state of affairs and establish maximum media
freedom. She was certain that the new President would continue this
Minister Dilan Perera speaking on the occasion said that President
Kumaratunga will go down in history as a leader who brought about an
attitudinal change in the people that banished communalism, religious
division and war sentiment. It is the President who was in the forefront
in advocating a political solution to the ethnic problem.
The Sri Lanka working journalists Association made use of the
occasion to pay tribute to the President for her efforts to grant a
pension to journalists.
A felicitation was also accorded to the outgoing President by the
Ministry of Information and Media and institutions under it for her
services and contribution towards the media sector.
Secretary of the Information and Media Ministry W.B. Ganegala and
heads of State Media were present on the occasion.