PM calls for collective effort

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Achieving Development Goals

DM-28By Yohan Perera

 Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday called for a collective effort by everyone to achieve the planned development goals and said the government was now able to spend funds for  such purposes.

 

“It is essential to increase investments. We took over a country at a time it was hit by a debt crisis. Therefore during the first three years it was not possible to allocate funds for development work but now it is possible to do so. Therefore let’s get together and develop the nation,” he said at the ‘Youth with Talents’ awards ceremony organized by the National Youth Council and held at Temple Trees last morning.   


“It is essential to increase production and to increase exports, We want to develop the nation, develop villages and develop the youth. The Government alone cannot do it but need the support of everyone else including the youth,” the Prime Minister said.   


He said development needed to be speeded up whenever it was possible but restrained during the times when it has to be restrained.   


“Nearly 3000 youth clubs have participated in the ‘Youth with talents programme’ under which young people in villages carry out development programmes. National Youth Council was established to carry out programmes such as these. A bridge was built in a village during those days and was opened. However a flood hit the area but nothing happened the bridge which was constructed by the youth while other constructions were destroyed,” the Prime Minister said.   

 

“Youth with talents programme is not confined to construction work but one which is concerned with village development. Therefore we have handed over the task of developing rural villages to the youth. This is how we must develop the nation,” he said.   


Youth Affairs Minister Sagala Ratnayake stressed the need for a programme to provide interest- free loans or low-interest loans for the youth to start up self employment schemes.   

 

 

Nearly 3000 youth clubs have participated in the ‘Youth with talents programme’ under which young people in villages carry out development programmes

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