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President tells UPFA activists “win the village – I will win the country”

Mar 11, 2011 9:55:36 AM - itnnews.lk

President Rajapaksa has told United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance activists in Kurunegala to win the village and that he is prepared to take the generation of children to the future world and win the country.

The President emphasized that the Government has made the highest allocation on behalf of the children. The literacy rate in Sri Lanka was 93 percent. However computer literacy was only five percent. During the last few years it was increased to 45 percent. The children should be given the required knowledge to face the world. It was the children from remote schools and not from Colombo who secure the highest marks. The Government was implementing a programme preparing universities and technical colleges to meet the demand for jobs. He pointed out that all this was done on behalf of the posterity. He told the gathering to win the village for them. So that he would take up the challenge of launching the programme to develop the villager by winning the country.

The President was addressing the Freedom Alliance activists of the Kurunegala District at the Maligapitiya Grounds. He further told them that a massive development programme has been unveiled in the country taking into consideration the children to be born tomorrow. Mahinda Chinthana was not an election manifesto. The President emphasized that it was a long term programme of building the country. Senior Minister S.B. Navinna, Ministers Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, T.B. Ekanayake and Salinda Dissanayake, Deputy Minister Jayaratne Herath, and North Western Chief Minister Athula Wijesinghe also addressed the gathering. Minister Johnston Fernando, Governor Tissa Balalla and several Parliamentarians were present.