Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main coalition party of the government Saturday launched a massive six-month long island wide programme to reorganize the party.
The first of the series of island wide programs commenced under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Anuradhapura District with the participation of ministers, parliamentarians, provincial governors, chief ministers and many regional politicians.
Addressing the inaugural meeting President Rajapaksa said the reorganization of the SLFP is not aimed at gaining support for the elections as some have noted as the government does not fear to face elections.
Instead, the program is aimed to give party representatives an opportunity to solve the problems of their constituents in the villages, the President said.
Pointing out that the government has taken every effort to develop the villages in parallel to towns and the government has implemented mega development projects in this direction.
The country is now self-sufficient with rice and the corn cultivation has reached an exporting level as well. Soon the country will meet its dairy requirement by encouraging and providing aid to local dairy farmers, the President underlined.
The government had to increase the tax on milk powder to safe-guard the local dairy farmers and to save foreign exchange, he explained.
President Rajapaksa said the government is always dedicated to nourish the younger generation with knowledge and modern technology to suit the international level and in this regard the computer and the English knowledge which was only limited to the Colombo has now expanded island wide.
Under the reorganization program SLFP representatives are to meet people in every household in the villages located in every district of the country to create awareness about the current political situation in the country and the party policies as well as to obtain views and opinions of the people for future use.
The program, also focusing on increasing the membership of the party for the next provincial council elections due in 2013, will recruit new members and strengthen party branch offices, electoral organizations and district organizations.
Several reorganization meetings were held in the Anuradhapura district Saturday and the program will run for a second say tomorrow. Meanwhile the SLFP reorganization operational center was declared open in Anuradhapura Friday.
The second stage of SLFP reorganization will begin from the Colombo district. The party expects to complete the reorganizing programme in all the districts within six months.