President Maithripala Sirisena said the budgetary allocations for free health and education sectors will be increased up to five and six percent. He pointed out the Sri Lankan free health and education sectors receive the highest admiration from foreign countries. “The previous regime only allocated less than two percent for the free health service”, the President said.
President Sirisena was addressing International Nurses' Day celebrations at Temple Trees yesterday (May 13),
The President said during the past five years he was suppressed much more than trade union members. "I was questioned and threatened by the former regime for giving an appointment to a trade union leader. I often received telephone calls from Temple Trees. No minister in my Cabinet receives telephone calls from Temple Trees now," he said.
He further stated that under the new regime no minister receives telephone calls from Temple Trees telling him or her what to do and what not to do.
"Cabinet Ministers can use their knowledge and experience to carry out their duties," he said.
President Sirisena appreciated the contribution by trade union leader Saman Rathnapriya for the struggle launched to usher in 'Good Governance’.
He pointed out that within one or two years, a fully fledged state Nursing University will be established in Sri Lanka.
Local funding and foreign funding, if required, will be used for the project. Sri Lanka is experiencing a shortage of nurses and is unable to meet foreign countries' demand for nurses, the President said.
President Sirisena said all Trade Unions are given equal treatment now. "They can air their views without suppression," he said.