A group of leaders of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) presented the Front’s election manifesto to President Maithripala Sirisena, the President of the UPFA at his official residence today (July 28).
Themed as ‘Assurance for Future’ the election manifesto describes how the UPFA government would implement plans and programmes for socio-economic development of the country during the next five years. The UPFA leaders held a lengthy discussion with the President about the ways and means of plan implementation.
UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha and SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadharshana Yapa presented the Sinhala and Tamil copies to the President respectively. UPFA leaders Mr Dilan Perera, Mr Dinesh Gunawardane, Prof Tissa Witharana, Mr A H M Fouzie, Mr D E W Gunasekera, Mr Prabha Ganeshan and Mr Dullas Alahapperuma were present at this occasion.
The Manifesto titled “Reincarnate the nation and start over” looks at many ambitious goals for Sri Lanka over the next 5 years. Increasing the salaries of government employees to a minimum of Rs. 25,000, increasing the cost of living allowance to Rs. 10,000, presenting each State University student with a stationary allowance of Rs.10,000, and increasing the Mahapola scholarship to Rs. 6000 are interesting highlights of the manifesto.
The UPFA election manifesto has 12 main focal points.
1. National unity and sustainable reconciliation
2. Anti-corruption mechanism and maintaining the autonomy of the Supreme Court
3. Economic management
4. Foreign Policy
8. Environment and wildlife
9. Culture, Arts and Communication
10. Sports and Youth
11. Women and childcare
12. Investment and infrastructure development
The manifesto states further that these projects under focal points will be done following three main factors in mind: national identity, innovation and societal unity.