President Maithripala Sirisena says if the former leaders performed their duties and governed properly, there would not be a need for them to undertake long marches for political purposes, hurting their feet.
The President said so at a ceremony held at the auditorium of Mawanella Provincial Council today (July 29) to distribute computers to fifty Pirivenas and churches in Kegalle District.
“Though some people greedy for power walk through roads aimlessly, the government is committed to build the country by working with consciousness and discipline”, the President said.
“Today, the country is suffering from a debt burden of Rs. 9000 billions. The new government has to face the challenge of an unbearable burden of debts, created by the former government”, he said.
“After being in the office of Presidency once, I don’t want to take marathon walks seeking power again and I will execute my duties properly during the tenure of my office”, he said.
The President symbolically handed over the computers to religious leaders.
People’s representatives, including Ministers Kabir Hashim, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and Rauff Hakeem, State Minister Champika Premadasa, former Minister Athauda Seneviratne and many others participated in this event.
Later, the President joined in a ceremony to introduce the concept of “Langama pasala Hondama pasala” held at the Mederigama Vidyalaya in Mawanella, today (29).
Under this programme two selected schools in provincial level will be developed and the aim of this programme is to limit the competition for popular schools among the parents.
Even though we are proudly talking about the development, more than 4,000 schools out of the total of 10,150 schools in the country do not have the basic facilities, the President pointed out. “We need a proper management and an equitable distribution of the material resources among all citizens to strengthen the fields of free education and health. The present Government is committed to protect the right for equal opportunities of all the children of the country,” he added.
Ministers and MPs, the staff including the Principal Mrs.S.K. Batawala, parents, past pupils and many others participated in this event.