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President tells community based organisations:

We had faith in village community

When implementing our development plans we had faith that the village community would be able to give us the facts about what the needs of the community were and what resources were available and how the expenditure could be managed without spending unnecessarily, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

He was addressing representatives of community based organizations of the Southern Province at Madamulana on Thursday. “We also sought to bring development that was confined to Colombo and a few urban areas to the village as we wished to have an equitable development reaching the people of the rural areas,” he said.

The President said all governments in the past had made efforts to address the water shortage problem in the South but they had not been successful but since we looked to the village community to suggest their own project proposal for the local water supply schemes we had been able to implement these successfully.

“I would like to express my thanks to Urban Development Minister Dinesh Gunawardena for arranging to meet the representative of the community based organizations,” he said.

“A large number of development projects were implemented and more are being implemented in the Southern Province.

Hospitals, schools and educational institutions are among the development projects of the South and we were able to see a grade five student of Hambantota scoring the highest marks in the national scholarship examination,” President Rajapaksa said.

“We were able to eradicate the evil of terrorism that plagued the nation. But it is very important for us to remember that we liberated the country.

As you are aware King Dutugemunu liberated the country thousands of years back but our people still remember it. Therefore we should not forget that the our armed forces liberated the country from terrorism,” the President said.

“We were also able to implement mega development projects as well as infrastructure development projects while we were fighting the war against terrorism.

In the past one had to spend 6 to 7 hours to come from Ampara to Galle but today the journey now takes only three and a half hours. That was how the road network was developed by the present Government he noted.

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