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My method is to visit and solve problems - President

Neither a political gimmick nor media hype
President Gotabaya  Rajapaksa in Deraniyagala on Saturday.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Deraniyagala on Saturday.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasised that visiting the remortest areas to provide swift solutions to public grievances, is neither a political gimmick nor media hype.

“It is not my method being confined to Colombo and ascertain the people’s problems only by consulting officials.

There may be some who may criticise this system but I will work according to my own method,”President Rajapaksa said.

The President made these remarks participating in the “Discussion with the Village” programme held on Saturday at the Dickellakanda Junior College in the Dickellakanda Grama Niladhari Division in the Deraniyagala Divisional Secretariat Division in the Kegalle District.

The President emphasised that if any individual or a group engages in illegal activities misusing the decisions taken to solve the problems of the people as a pretext, they will be severely punished.

It was decided to grant cultivation rights to farmers who had cultivated a particular plot of land for generations. The President said that it has been revealed that a group of people are exploiting this opportunity to cause damage to the environment and Forest Reserves.The power of nature must be used for the betterment of human beings, he said.

President Rajapaksa said nationalism could not be sustained without strengthening the economy and that the aim of the government is to build a national economy based on agriculture.

The President said that action should be taken to address the issue of shortage of teachers in all schools in the district and to develop other infrastructure facilities. (Full story on page 5)