President Rajapaksa has emphasized in Weligama that politicos and public officials should be dedicated to passing over the dividends of the mega development drive on to the masses.
The President said that tourism is developing. There is a high demand for this sector. A programme should be crafted in the future to suit its demand. New Ports are coming up in the island. The required resources should be identified and the necessary training imparted. If anyone says that a harbour is coming up in Hambantota or in the Southern Province it is incorrect. He pointed out that the benefits of the projects will be enjoyed by the entire country. There should be a programme to pass on the benefits to the people of the area as well. In this respect, the Provincial Councils, the Local Bodies and the political leadership will have to play a responsible role.
The Southern Province progress review meeting which considered the progress and problems of the development process was presided by the President at Weligama in Matara today. The President underscored the need to incur expenditure, so that the people received the maximum development of the funds utilized for the development programmes. Special attention should be directed to issues related to infrastructure including sanitary facilities in the development drive. The need of the hour is for everyone to extend support to the Police for the crackdown on narcotics. The President pointed out the need in particular to empowering the posterity upgrading the standard of education. Southern Governor and Chief Minister, Provincial Councillors and many Senior State Officials were present at this meeting.