TV criticism of Govt's economic policies will not deter forward
march - Minister of Urban Development
AVISSAWELLA: Some media institutions get their economists to
express wrong views about the Government's policies through their TV
channels and bring discredit to the Government, said Minister of Urban
Development and Water Supply Dinesh Gunawardena when he opened the 'Lak
Sathosa' shop at Avissawella.
He said their aim was to mislead the people and make them believe
that the Government's policies were not beneficial to the people.
The Minister said they must understand that these statements and
expressions cannot deter the forward march of the Government based on
the Mahinda Chintana.
He said that the re-opening of the CWE shop which was closed during
the previous regime is a victory to the people of this area. This will
help the poor consumers to buy their essential goods at a reasonable
price and balance their home budget.
The Minister said that the President has taken several steps to put
down the cost of living. This is one of them.
He said that this is not an oil producing country. "We have to import
and distribute it at a reasonable price. This is a great challenge to
The Minister said that thousands of pensioners in this area who do
not get salary increases can breathe a sigh of relief because of this
CWE shop where goods are sold at a lower price.
CWE Chairman Nihal Jayawardena said that this is the 30th CWE outlet
opened by this government under the reorganisation program. The first
shop was opened recently at Negombo.
He said that they expect to sell 15 kinds of commodities at a lower
At present we have only 300 employees but expect to give an excellent
service to the people. WPC Member Sumit Vijayamuni Soysa also spoke.
The Ven. Mahopadya Werahera Ariyawansa Adhikarana Sanghanayake Thera
delivered an Anusasana.
Hindu, Islam and Catholic religious dignitaries and Deputy Speaker of
Parliament Geetanjana Gunawardena also participated.