By Rose Kenny
In order to expeditiously implement local level development programs as envisaged in the election Manifesto of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the members in the local government bodies would be granted a fund of Rs 5 million each, said State Minister of Information and Communication Technology Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene.
Addressing his inaugural media briefing at the Information department auditorium subsequent to assuming duties, he noted that this decision was reached based on a proposal formulated on the views at the ‘Gama Samaga Pilisandarak’ programme by former Minister Basil Rajapaksa .
The Minister assured that his government would not hinder any of the profitable investments initiated by the previous government. He noted that unlike the previous government which stalled the Port City project upon coming into power, his government would not resort to such acts.
Responding to media queries regarding the racial and religion division manifested in the election results, the Minister said that the Muslim and Tamil politicians attempted to polarize the voters based on ethnicity and religion. He added as a result the Sinalese rallied round Gotabaya Rajapaksa in solidarity.
He said that despite those with political agendas trying to discredit the new president by claiming that he will not serve the people who did not vote for him, this government led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa would develop the Northern and Eastern areas without any discrimination.