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Enhanced global support for development - President

Uninterrupted flow of foreign funds to Lanka:

Polonnaruwa: All assumptions and theories originated and propagated by certain parties relating to the receipt of foreign aid by the Government have been proved baseless, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

President Rajapaksa made this observation when he addressed a mammoth rally in Polonnaruwa yesterday, the second in a series of rallies organised by the Government, in support of UPFA candidates contesting the forthcoming Sabaragamuwa and North Central Provincial Council Elections due to be held on August 23.

Recollecting the famous quote of King Parakramabahu the Great, who had stated, ‘Let not a single drop of water go unutilised to the sea’, the President pointed out that in the contemporary world, even the learned officials of the World Bank have now realised its true potential and value, and have derived guidelines from this noble ideology.

Based on this noble concept, his Government too, reversed the haphazard and ill-fated trend inherited from the previous regime, of filling-up fertile agro land and constructing hotels. He included the concept in the Mahinda Chintanaya and even stated this in his address to the SAARC Summit this year. Now the whole world is lauding this policy.

“The international community being fully confident of our development policies on these lines, is offering us financial aid in abundance to the great disappointment of certain parties who from the time his Government resumed office were originating and propagating malicious and unfounded statements claiming that the chances of receiving foreign aid by Sri Lanka were remote.”

“These theories beyond any possible doubt, have now been proved a myth. They with vested interests and a characteristic political agenda to grab power, strove to betray their motherland.

We are destroying all these unfounded misconceptions and are proceeding on the correct path of development and prosperity with the receipt of all envisaged aid from the international community. We will rejuvenate the livelihoods of the ‘Raja Rata’ polity by embarking on a planned project of re-constructing several tanks and irrigation projects,” he said.

He pointed out that the farming community of Polonnaruwa who failed to dispose their paddy even at Rupees 8 per kilo, and consumed poison in the past, are now selling for the highest price ever in its history. This surplus revenue of over rupees Rs. 8 million, is now in the pockets of the farmer, which in turn has also helped to rejuvenate the village.

President Rajapaksa categorically stated that the words Maaim Gammanna (Border Villages), have been completely wiped out from his Government’s vocabulary. “We now speak about Gamma Neguma (developing the village) instead,” he noted.

He opined that his Government has now liberated the East completely and would liberate the North too very soon. He urged the people of Raja Rata to ensure a landslide victory to the Government at the forthcoming elections to accomplish the arduous task of eradicating terrorism completely and the fragmentation of our land.

“This is our greatest challenge, our bounden duty and responsibility to the nation. We will not go back on it, until we finally succeed in building a nation where all communities could live sans fear nor suspicion and in perfect harmony.

“We need the fullest support of the people of ‘Raja Rata’ for this,” the President added.

Ministers Susil Premjayantha, Dilan Perera, Mahindananda Aluthgmage, Nimal Siripala De Silva, Maithripala Sirisena, former Chief Minister of the North Central Province Berty Premalal Dissanayake and World Bank Country Director Naoko Ishii also addressed the rally.

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