Committed to resolve issues of every community equably -
President says in Jaffna
When resolving issues, there is no differentiation
as South or North and the government is fully committed resolve
issues faced by people, President Maithripala Sirisena said.
Everyone should work in brotherhood irrespective
of differences, President Sirisena said at the Northern Province
Coordinating meeting held in Jaffna this morning.
President Sirisena who made his maiden visit to
Jaffna after assuming the office was warmly received by the Chief
Minister of the Northern Province C. Wigneswaran.
The task of bringing together the minds of the
people cannot be achieved only through physical development,
President pointed out adding that it is this government's hope to
bridge the North and South through friendship and understanding.
During the discussion, the attention was drawn to
issues related to health, agriculture and education in the Northern
Land and fishermen issues were particularly
Resolving land issues in the area was one the
priorities of the government during the past short span of time and
handing over lands utilised for security purposes back to its
original owners is the initial step taken in this direction, the
President Sirisena said that he discussed the
fishermen issue with the Indian Prime Minister during his visit to
India and it is expected to resolve the matter through negotiation.
People's representatives and officials presented
the agricultural related issues in the area to the President. The
President said that he will pay more attention to the problems faced
by farmers in the Northern Province who contribute greatly to the
Gross domestic product proving exemplary to the whole nation.
Special attention was drawn to the drinking water
issue in the Northern Province. President Maithripala Sirisena said
that the Government is expected to formulate special clean drinking
water supply projects in the future as a solution to the drinking
Governor of the Northern Province H. M. G. S.
Palihakkara informed the President difficulties faced by hospitals
in the Northern Province. The President said as the former Health
Minister with a wide knowledge about the difficulties faced by
hospitals and he will take prompt action to solve the issue.
More attention was drawn to the issues relating to
the education sector in the area as well. President Sirisena assured
to give this issue a priority when solving matters.
He further said distinct attention has been drawn
to provide job opportunities to unemployed graduates in the country.
"I am very glad that our government was able to
appoint a civil servant as the Governor of the Northern Province,
which was a long term request by the people in the North," the
President said. All required facilities will provide for the
Administration in the North, he further said.
Nearly 800 widows live in the Northen Province who
lost their husbands due to the LTTE terrorism. The President
instructed Women's Affairs Minister in the Province to take measures
to ensure the welfare of their families in a courteous manner.
Courtesy : President Media Unit