Strikers should think about rights of innocent public when they
think about their privileges - President
[August 10 2018]
President Maithripala Sirisena says that the people
who engaged in strike actions should think about the rights of the
innocent public of the country in a similar manner they think about
their privileges with a sense of humanity.
He made these remarks participating in a ceremony held
at the Viharamahadevi Park in Colombo, today (09) adding that it is not
the government that is suffering from strikes but the innocent people of
The President also said that the public transport
services and the free health service are not used by the wealthiest
people, but the underprivileged people in the country and the President
recalled with regret that the traumatic situation faced by the public
including the students who sat for the G.C.E. A/L Examination due to the
yesterday's railway strike.
President Sirisena said that anyone can hold
discussions with the Government at any time to find solutions for their
issues, and said that the present government never used guns against
protesters like the previous government.
Therefore, the President requested the trade unions,
including the railway and the doctors, who are ready for strikes, to
take steps to solve their problems in an intelligent and humane manner
without causing hardships to the innocent people of the country.
The Sri Lanka Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation and the Sri
Lanka Army jointly organized a programme to distribute 100,000 herbal
plants and this event commenced under the patronage of the President at
the Viharamahadevi Park in Colombo, today. This programme has been named
as ' Punarudaya Dina 60 Meheyuma' and it is expected to plant 100,000
plants at the premises of the Army Camp under this programme. This new
project commenced as a one of the steps towards the sustainable
President Sirisena further stated that in order to
build renaissance of the nation, the contribution, dedication and
integrity of all the sectors are essential.
The President pointed out that the government has
taken steps to increase the current forest cover from 28% to 32% and
added that the project launched today will be of massive importance when
taking this program forward.
The President mentioned that it is planned to conduct
a huge environmental revolution with the support of the Tri Forces to
increase the forest cover and eliminate drugs.
President Sirisena reiterated that the decision taken
by the government to reintroduce death penalty to those who are guilty
of serious drugs related offences while in prison will be continued for
the sake of the future of the country and the nation.
The President handed over the first herbal plant to
Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake starting the
project. President Sirisena also planted a Sandalwood plant in
Minister Rajitha Senaratne, Chairmen of Ayurvedic
Drugs Corporation Mr. Lal Samarasighe, Chief Administrative Officer of
the Sri Lanka Army Major General Shavendra Silva, and the Agriculture
Director of the Army Brigadier Buwanaka Gunerathna were present in this