President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday said the government has correctly understood the needs of the people in rural areas and promised to provide safe drinking water for the rural communities in the country.
He said the government has given priority to improve the quality of water and sanitation provided to the rural masses and is working on several water supply sanitation projects.
The President made this pledge at a function held to distribute 108 housing units to public at Thuruithurugama in Katukeliyawa, Anuradhapura.
President Rajapaksa symbolically handed over the keys to the housing units built under the Mahinda Chintana Future Vision policy.
Speaking at the event, the President said his government is committed to improve livelihood of the masses and also shouldered the responsibility to provide education for all students in the rural areas.
Emphasizing that it is mandatory to overcome all the prevailing issues faced by the people in the journey of making Sri Lanka a developed nation, the President noted that several expeditious development projects are currently being carried out throughout the country.
Pointing out that it is required of citizens of the country to commit themselves to nation building, the President requested the public to work as a single nation to encounter future challenges without being misguided by rumors.
President Rajapaksa also participated in the annual Aluth Sahal Mangallaya (Harvest Festival) held at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi premises.
The farmers from different areas brought the first portion of their harvest to offer to the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi at the ceremony.