The Government should be strengthened to further accelerate the massive development programmes mooted in the North and the East. The people of these regions should extend their unstinted support to the Government. Minister Risath Bathiyuideen and Deputy Minister Vinayagamurthy Muralitharan emphatically made these references. The emphasis was laid at a media briefing at the Information Department to brief Tamil journalists on the resettlement and development that was taking place in the North. The media conference was organised under the patronage of Media Secretary W.B. Ganegala. The Ministers clarified that the development that has taken place in every sector in the Northern and Eastern regions under the present regime. Particularly development of infrastructure in these regions had taken the centre stage. It was revealed that the civilians had gained immense benefits through the massive bridges that had been built speedily.
The Arugam Bay Bridge which is 160 metres long and built at a cost of 1400 million rupees, the Kinya Bridge, the longest in the country and constructed at a cost of 789 million rupees and the Mannar Bridge built at a cost of 2460 million rupees had been an impetus to the day to day lives of the civilians. The Water Supply and Sanitary Projects is a significant scheme launched for the benefit of the Northern polity. Speedy development has also taken place in the road network within the Northern and Eastern Provinces.
Giving his views at this news briefing, Deputy Minister Vinayagamurthy Muralitharan said accelerated development was taking place in the North and East as well as in other parts of the country. At the same time 650 thousand and 950 persons displaced as a result of terrorism had been resettled. The Deputy Minister said Sri Lanka was the only country in which such a large group had been resettled after a war. Many villages in the North which lacked power are now enjoying this facility. Mr. Muralitharan said that the civilians of the North and East should take the necessary initiative to further strengthen the Government at the forthcoming Local Government polls without being duped by rumours spread by various political parties. Wanni District Parliamentarian Hunai Farook and Secretary to the Ministry of Commerce and Industries B.M.U.D. Basnayake attended this news briefing.