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'Welfare measures lead people towards dependent mentality'

Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne presenting a kerosene subsidy to a recipient.

'Although the welfare measures adopted by Sri Lanka are beneficial for the masses they tend to lead people towards a dependent mentality. This is evident when one looks at it more deeply, Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne said.

"As one nation all of us should have the freedom to stand independently. A welfare policy in a country should not force the people to surrender their independence," he said.

The Prime Minister was addressing the kerosene subsidy distribution ceremony held at the Doluwa Divisional Secretariat in Gampola simultaneously to the kerosene subsidy distribution programme held islandwide.

The government is providing unprecedented relief through 24 sectors and the government have to spend huge amounts of money on these programmes. If the amount of money which the government spends annually for providing relief to certain segments are spent on for public services it will benefit society more than now. It will also help us achieve development goals in a short period as well, he stated.

According to the premier there is no other country in the world other than Sri Lanka which provides services free of charge. But the welfare system in Sri Lanka has a long history and now it has transformed into a welfare policy.

"The government has forced to increase fuel prices, recently. "We do not want to place any stress on the public. But with certain changes on the international scheme we have to make some changes in our economic system too.

Sometimes we have to face very serious situations in the future than at present. Because of that practicing frugality is most important for a better future," the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister distributed the kerosene subsidy among 500 families in the Doluwa Divisional Secretariat and all of them received subsidy cards for the next six months.


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