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Will free country from drug menace: President

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa assured that he would entrust the future generations with a country free from the drug menace.

While several measures are already in place to prevent drug infiltration and distribution, the President emphasised that the country will be freed from drugs as it is from terrorism, the President’s Media Division (PMD) stated.

The President made these remarks at a public gathering organised near the Kiribathgoda Shopping Complex last Wednesday (22) to support candidates of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) contesting at the upcoming election.

He heeded the requests made by the public to construct a housing scheme for the residents in Peliyagoda who are prone to flash floods as well as to set up a pumping station in Pethiyagoda. People apprised the President of the current status of the Kiribathgoda Hospital and issues related to lands, and also requested the President not to halt investigations into the Easter Sunday attacks.

Minister Prasanna Ranatunga and SLPP candidate Sisira Jayakody were present on the occasion.

The President then inspected the jogging path near the Siyambalape Junction, which is in a dilapidated condition due to the lack of proper maintenance. People requested the President to renovate the jogging path and develop the surrounding area as a self-employment centre akin to Diyatha Uyana.

The President participated at the public gathering organised by candidate Dulip Wijesekara at the Siyambalape Junction in Biyagama. The public said that over 400 acres of paddy land can be cultivated by renovating the Waduwegama and Kottunna tanks. They also apprised the President of the difficulties faced by them for a long period of time due to inadequate operations of Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) buses.

The President also attended a public meeting organised by former State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna near the Sub Post Office in Dalupitiya Road. The President was warmly welcomed by the people gathered at the venue and appreciated his efforts to eradicate the drug menace from the country.

Then, President Rajapaksa joined the public meeting organised by candidate Sahan Pradeep near the Kadawatha Private Bus Stand. People in the area requested the President to construct a sports complex in Mahara Kadawatha and also to repair the dilapidated roads.

The people in the Gampaha District, when President Rajapaksa joined a public gathering in the district, pledged to strengthen the hands of the President by giving him a landslide victory for the SLPP at the forthcoming parliamentary election so that the initiatives introduced by him to take the country forward in a new direction can be successfully completed, the PMD added.

Meanwhile, office employees complained of many hardships they face as a result of the Intercity Express trains not stopping at the Ragama Railway Station and requested the President to look into this matter. Candidate Madhu Madhawa Aravinda organised the meeting.
Sea erosion has had a major negative impact on the daily life of fisher folk in Uswetakeiyawa. A group of fishermen told the President that the effect could be minimised with the construction of a fisheries harbour.

Next, the President participated in a meeting organised by candidate Nimal Lanza at the Nayakakanda Playground in Wattala. The President was also briefed on the issues faced by the fishing community in the area due to illegal sand mining.

Attending meetings organised by candidates Merali Perera in Ja-Ela and Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle near the Govijana Seva Centre in Katana, the President engaged in cordial discussion with the people present at venues.

The President was warmly welcomed by the people in the area when he attended the meetings organised by candidate Indika Anuruddha in Divulapitiya and candidate Kokila Harshani at the Meerigama Bus Stand.