The Construction Sector has also submitted proposals to the Government’s programme of crafting a people’s friendly budget. Discussions between the President and members of the Construction sphere were held at Temple Trees today. The special discussion between the institutions representing the construction sector and other affiliated bodies was held this morning. Members of Associations including clay and tile factory owners, timber industrialists, timber importers and cement industrialists joined in this discussion. It was one of the series of meeting planned with the private sector in the formulation of the budget. The Construction field which plays a leading role in economic development has grown more than 10 percent. The discussion was aimed at discussing the problems of this sector and soliciting proposals for the 2012 budget.
Special attention was focused on the dearth of the labour force in the construction field. The President pointed out the need for a programme which would promote the dignity and mentality of the workers in the construction sphere. The President recalled that such a programme was mooted while he was serving as the Labour Minister. He was optimistic that many of the problems related to the field could be solved by the immediate enactment of the Construction Act.
Many proposals were submitted for the problems that surface due to shortcomings in the tender procedures. Tile factory owners appreciated the President’s mediation in solving the raw material issue. Proposals were made for the conservation of the environment as the construction sector was frequently linked to environment. Many Parliamentarians, Acting Presidential Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Ministry Secretaries and Senior government officials were present at this meeting.