False promises not necessary at LG election – Minister Devananda
Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development
Douglas Devananda told his party supporters in the Pachchilaipalli
Divisional Secretariat Division administrative area in Kilinochchi that
it was not necessary to give false promises to the public at Local
Government Elections, but the freedom enjoyed by all as a result of
President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Government defeating the 30-year terrorism
was sufficient to vote in favour of the Government. Also, it was
imperative to select government representatives to take forward the
development work now in progress, the Minister said.
It was necessary to forget our bitter past and join the Government in
its re-building process, he said. He also said the TNA was not willing
to support the ongoing development work, but was still adhering to
‘Blood letting’ which the people would never condone.
The Minister went on to say that as the TNA is rejected by most
people its proposals for a political solution too would not be supported
by many. The political solution that he had already presented would be
accepted by the Government and a political solution would soon be
arrived at based on his proposals, he said.
The Minister also said that when the President opened the Kokavil
transmission tower, he requested the setting up of an Agriculture
Faculty for the Jaffna University in Kilinochchi.
The President had willingly accepted it and assured that it would be
set up in Kilinochchi soon. Similarly, the President had agreed to grant
a political solution based on his proposal, he said.
The Minister said 10,000 bicycles at 5,000 per district would be
distributed among the needy in Kilinochchi and Jaffna. One hundred and
fifty people would receive Rs.5,000 each for the commencement of small
industries. Commenting on detainees, the Minister said the process of
releasing the rehabilitated detainees had now begun and everyone would
be released soon.