Today is Bak Poya, which marks the Buddha’s second
visit to Sri Lanka:
More positive changes in SL after April 8
* Country experiencing massive development
* ‘We will overcome all challenges ‘
The third year of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA)
government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa which commences from April
8 will bring more positive transformations to the country, Acting Media
Minister and Acting Cabinet Spokesman Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena
Minister Lakshman Yapa
He said the UPFA government will complete two years in Parliament on
April 8, 2012. In the present Parliament, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)
has 118 seats and the UPFA has 162 seats which is a two thirds majority.
Addressing the weekly Cabinet press briefing at the Government
Information Department auditorium yesterday, Acting Minister Lakshman
Yapa said the past two years brought massive transformation to Sri
Lanka, including the construction of highways, harbours, airports,
agricultural development, total transformation of the North and East by
developing infrastructure facilities and other giant development drives
fulfilling the wishes of SLFP founder leaders like S W R D Bandaranaike
and D A Rajapaksa.
The acting minister pointed out that Sri Lanka achieved all these
goals while the Western world was facing a huge financial crisis and
other countries were going through severe financial difficulties.
“Sri Lanka faced all challenges successfully and continued its
massive development drive making a significant landmark in the country’s
history. Sri Lanka will continue to walk forward no matter what
challenges are thrown at the country,” he said.
When it comes to the LLRC Report recommendation implementation, the
Sri Lankan government has one clear stand. That is not betraying the
identity of the motherland. From the beginning the Sri Lankan government
had its own strategy and road map to go for a solution from the the
ethnic issue. Therefore ,it was not required anybody to tell the Sri
Lankan government when , how and what should be done. External Affairs
Minister Prof. G.L.Peiris has already clearly stated that the Parliament
Select Committee comes first and after the rest can be taken care of.
The Sri Lankan government has not agreed to any conditions put
forward by the IMF. There are only understandings. From the beginning,
the Sri Lankan government follows the right track when it comes to
economic development and only now some officials point that out. There
is nothing wrong pointing it out. The government did not privatize even
a single bank or any other state institution which shows whether it
agreed to any conditions or not, the Acting Minister stressed.