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We stand for maximum devolution of power within a unitary country: Sajith in Jaffna

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United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Minister Sajith Premadasa has observed that he and his party- the United National Party- stands for mximum devolution of power within a unitary country. That is made is very clear in the policy statement UNP presented at the Presidential Election of 2015. There is no change in that position today.

Sajith Premadasa made this observation addressing the media held at the Muttraveli Grounds in Jaffna after participating in the Enterprise Sri Lanka exhibition as the Chief Guest on its third day. State Minister EranWickremaratne and Jaffna Mayor Emmanuel Arnold were also present. 

During his address, Sajith further said:

“I am not in the stance to say one thing when abroad and say a different thing when I come back to Sri Lanka. We had some leaders who were 13-plus in India and 13-minus when they came to Sri Lanka.

My position is to solve this problem through maximum devolution within a unitary country. But I have to say one thing. The only solution to this problem is political, economic and social empowerment. If anyone in this country feels like they are second-class people, they are inferior, we do not create solutions.

Provincial Council system was introduced as a solution to the Tamil problem, but it was not fully implemented. Today the 13th Amendment has become a joke. We must strengthen the PC system. Our position is very clear in the policy statement we presented at the Presidential Election of 2015. That is the maximum devolution of power within a unitary country. There is no change in that position today.

Some factions are trying to point out that there is a crisis within the UNP regarding the presidential candidacy. Those who are unfamiliar with democracy may see there is an internal crisis in the UNP, but it is the true democracy that is at work. The existence of various ideologies is a sign of democracy and that such ideologies do not arise only under totalitarian rule. Those who are not familiar with the term democracy can see this situation as a party crisis. But democracy is freedom to express own ideas, opinions. Some parties do not have different opinions. It is because such opinions are controlled.

Enterprise Sri Lanka’s interest subsidized loan scheme, conceptualized by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, opens the avenues for low income people to reach their goals It gives them the knowledge and capital they need to start a business. These loans are given under very relaxed conditions and at low interest rates. So even though this program aims to create 100,000 entrepreneurial opportunities, it is possible to create 1 million entrepreneurs.”

 

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