Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera has advised the new government to sustain the support extended by the people of the north and east to President Maithripala Sirisena through good governance. We should shed petty differences and build a united country. He was addressing a Forum held in Colombo recently.
He said:"People in the North, East and the Central Provinces are waiting for a palpable change to take place in their lives. A long-awaited vibrancy is the need of the hour. With the change of Government, aspirations and expectations have reached higher levels and people seek justice for their long wait.
There should be palpable development to make the change a reality and it is necessary to set up economic units to accelerate development. Although the war is over, problems are still not over. There are thousands of war-widows, a large number of orphans and an equal large number of differently-abled persons. We should shoulder the responsibility of providing a comfortable living for them.
It is necessary to identify the problem and causes and make a collective effort to solve it. As a first step, education, housing, healthcare and livelihood aspects could be looked into. The biggest problem is the lack of drinking water. Rehabilitating and restoring tanks is vital in this regard. Already over 30,000 people have died due to kidney disease. We should not consider race or political affiliations when assisting those affected.
It is important to harness the goodness in people after a 30-year war which destroyed the country. The work towards re-building, rehabilitation, re-construction and reconciliation must be the priority."