President Rajapaksa has stated that he is prepared to make difficult decisions in place of popular decisions to usher in a bright future for the country.
The President said he was addressing the nation in the face of the massive commitments made for the independence of the country. The next challenge before the country is to preserve the independence that has already been won. He said he will fulfill the responsibility of rebuilding the devastated nation.
The President pointed out that the country was facing the challenge of regaining everything that had been lost due to 30 years of terrorism excluding the lost lives. The world history has indicated that a long time is required to accomplish this task. Many countries in the world are hit by climatic change. People in certain areas of Sri Lanka face the same situation. He said although the Government cannot control climatic changes. it is committed to uplift the people’s lives.
During the past five years the per capita income was doubled and massive development related to infrastructure has taken place. Private enterprises have increased. Hundreds of thousands of people who were displaced due to the war have been resettled. The President noted that they can be proud of the past five years as a meaningful era has been marked by peace and development following independence. He said there are many targets that had to be reached. The people of this country should be afforded the opportunity of enjoying the victories achieved by the developed countries. The aim should be to alleviate poverty. More employment should be generated, income channels augmented and the country positioned to earn a higher incomes. Electricity, road, telephone, education and health facilities should be extended and the gap between villages and cities reduced. It was then only the President opined that the country would be able to achieve permanent freedom. Considerable conceptual changes had to be made to develop the nation.
The President stressed that difficult decisions had to be taken in building the nation. The country cannot be developed by taking only popular decisions. It is better to make difficult decision to usher in a bright future for the children than create a gloomy future by making popular decisions. He stressed that as a democratic nation they had the ability to solve all their problems sans external outside intervention. The President asserted that Sri Lanka is one of the most ancient democracies in Asia. Democracy had to be preserved and the country’s territorial integrity and the unity preserved. The country has a proud history of 2500 years of protecting even animals as well as plants. They have inherited the commitment towards human rights from this ancient culture. The President added that he is prepared to fulfill his role in unifying the people to prepare the way for the country to emerge as a powerful country in Asia.