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President refers to his dedication to extend relief to the masses

Feb 18, 2011 10:11:25 AM - itnnews.lk

President Rajapaksa has said in Kandy that every possible measure will be taken to grant relief to the people. He also said the desire of the Government was to find solutions to the problem of increasing food prices in the face of natural disasters and world market conditions.

The President pointed out that their desire was to establish Domestic Economic Units. The intention is to cultivate home gardens so that the housewife could earn an additional income. This is being launched countrywide. He emphasized that the Government had no control over drought. The people are explicitly aware that vegetable production had declined to a considerable level due to the adverse weather conditions experienced recently. When there is some decline in production, it is natural that the price also increases. The President underlined that he did not want to head a government which imports vegetables. He recalled there was such an era in the past. It should be decided whether the local farmer or the foreign cultivator should be made the king. He added that their decision was to make the local farmer the king

The President was speaking during a meeting with Local Government candidates of the Kandy District. The meeting was held at the President’s House in Kandy. The President referred to the task vested in the Local Government representatives in the effort of building the country after developing the villages. The President told the candidates that they should be dedicated to properly identifying their obligation. Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne and many Government Parliamentarians were present.