Presidential candidates should pledge to eradicate the drug menace
President Maithripala Sirisena said his tenure was the only period when civilians were not targeted by the government forces.
More than 6 million people in this country cast their votes on January 8th, 2015 to regain this right which was lost.
President made these comments at a ceremony in Polonnaruwa today (18).
Every candidate contest for the upcoming Presidential election should make a pledge to eradicate the drug menace, President added.
Since the eradication of illegal drug trafficking is the need of the hour, capital punishment should be enacted on drug kingpins said the President while emphasizing no government should entertain drug dealers.
The new government elected in the future should commit itself to transform every factor that pressurizes people.
Despite allegations by certain sections, freedom and democracy were reaffirmed in this country during last five years and also a strict mechanism was implemented to prevent fraud and corruption.
Three new villages constructed in Kotaragala, Disalagala and Dalukana under “Samata Sewana ” Programme were vested with the public by President Sirisena today.
Under the instruction of President Sirisena to commemorate the International Day of Indigenous People, Soriwila Kotaralagama Model village with 16 housing units was constructed to meet the housing needs of the descendants of indigenous people.
Dalukana Jeewahaththagama consists 27 new houses while Disalagama has 23 houses.
Minister Sajith Premadasa, State Minister Wasantha Senayake and a large number of villagers attended the opening ceremony.
President Sirisena also laid the foundation stone for the construction of Rathmalkandiya Sri Isipathanaramaya in Siripura.
This temple will be constructed under “Sasunata Aruna” programme at a cost of Rs. 2.5 million.
Deputy Chief Sanga Nayaka of Mahaweli C Zone of Malwatta Chapter of Siyam Nikaya Most Rev. Mampita Chandawimala Thero, Chief Incumbent of Rathmalkandiya Sri Isipathanaramaya Rev. Kirimonagala Ariyawansa Thero and Maha Sanga, Minister Sajith Premadasa, State Minister Wasantha Senanayake, member of Parliament Nalaka Kolonne, representatives of the area and the public were also present on the occasion.