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Public sector corruption will be eradicated: President

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa assured that all forms of corruption, malpractices, and irregularities in the Government will be eliminated and that an efficient public service will be established in the country to serve all citizens.

He made these remarks during the election tour in Kalutara last Wednesday (29) in support of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) candidates contesting the forthcoming general election.

President Rajapaksa commenced his election tour by attending the public gathering organised by candidate Mahinda Samarasinghe at the Keselwatta Pradeshiya Sabha Playground in Panadura, the President’s Media Division (PMD) stated.

Accordingly, the Government has initiated building an economic system to end the import-based trade system in the country and to give priority to local productions. The President has advised the crowd to enter into the agricultural and manufacturing industries in order to reap the full benefits offered in these sectors.

“It is time to incorporate modern technology to strengthen the farming economy. For this purpose, the Government has banned the importation of agri produce into the country. Job appointments for 150,000 underprivileged individuals and graduates will be given following the general election. These measures and opportunities will aid the country in its development curve.”

The President also participated in a public rally at the Panadura Municipal Grounds organised by candidate Jagath Angage. He exchanged pleasantries with the crowd and inquired into further facilities they require in their respective district.

During a public rally in the Korosduwa Playground in Panadura, organised by former State Minister Jayantha Samaraweera, President Rajapaksa assured the locals that the issue of drinking water shortage would be resolved.

During his tour, students who will sit for their Advanced Level (A/L) examination in 2021 urged the President to pay his attention to the difficulties they had faced as the studies were disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year and the Easter Sunday attacks last year.

President Rajapaksa then took note of the requirement to renovate the Kalutara Nursing School. In response to another request for renovation of buildings of Panadura Central College, he instructed Samaraweera to attend the matter.

Former State Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena was also present at these gatherings.