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Monday, January 27, 2014 - 05.01 GMT
Country is enjoying peace dividends - President


President Mahinda Rajapaksa said baseless allegations are being levelled against the government by certain elements with vested interests, aimed at creating an uncertainty about the census on missing people which will be held in due course.

The President was addressing the gathering after opening the Sanasa University complex at Kegalle yesterday. The President commissioned several development projects including an Outer Circular Road, an indoor stadium, a swimming pool and a infrastructure projects.

He added that various allegations are being levelled against the country as a result of the eradication of the terrorism.

"These 'so called' human rights campaigners never utter a single world about the peace dividends, which has brought many benefits to the country. Apart from the development boom, the dawning of peace in the country has strengthened peace and harmony among various ethnic groups.

The President added that the Kegalle District has undergone rapid development in line with the Deyata Kirula national development drive. Swimming pools and indoor stadia are being constructed in schools countrywide. Schools will now be able to produce more Susanthika Jayasinghe's with these added facilities".

Speaking on the country's development mechanism, the President said, the government has taken steps to develop every sector.

Accordingly, the road network, education, health and all other sectors are developing at a rapid pace. When development takes place, some say that it is useless. Nevertheless, funds obtained through foreign loans will be utilized only for development activities.

The President said when the country is being developed, various segments sling mud at the government.
The Outer Circular Road was constructed under the Deyata Kirula development program of the government's Mahinda Chinthana future vision, as a remedy to the long-standing traffic congestion at the Kegalle town. The government has already allocated Rs 20,000 million for the future development projects in the Kegalle district. Approximately, Rs 10,000 million has also been allocated under the Economic Development Ministry.

President Rajapaksa said the Outer Circular Road is a long felt need of Kegalle town since most people experience the traffic congestion in the Kegalle town, especially during the rush hour.

"The Kegalle area has seen a development boom under the present government," the President said.





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