Five fold development programme
Maximum devolution of power
Eliminate corruption and ensure human freedoms
By Siva Sivapragasam
The recently formed United Front for good governance led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has pledged to establish a new Sri Lanka in sixty months after the Parliamentary elections.
The Front unveiled its manifesto for the August 17 general election which it said would defeat the counter revolution against the Jan 08 regime change.
Leader of the UNP led UNFGG and Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, addressing a mammoth gathering at the launch of the manifesto at the Vihara Maha Devi Open Air Theatre, said that his party’s five fold development programme was aimed at creating a new Sri Lanka in 60 months had the blessings of President Maithripala Sirisena
He remarked at the meeting that the new Front sees a vision for all communities to bind together, irrespective of caste, creed and nationality living together as one family and move forward as Sri Lankans.
“The objective is to consolidate the 100-day revolution that was initiated by our National Government led by President Sirisena on January 9. We want to create a new society, a competitive economy and safeguard the equal rights of the We expect the support of the entire Parliament for our manifesto which would be implemented in consultation with civil society members and intellectuals.” The Front also hopes to provide maximum devolution of power under a unitary government.
He urged the people to defeat the counter revolution that had emerged against the January 8 victory so that the UNFGG’s programme could be implemented for the good of the people.
The UNP, would as in the past, implement its proposals based on sound economic policies and not just mere election rhetoric, Wickemesinghe stated.
He said there would be no place for lies and rogues under a UNP-led UNFGG Government. “Our work programme would be based on developing the economy, eliminating corruption, strengthening the human freedoms that had ensued since Jan. 9, infrastructure development and improving the education and health sectors.”
Wickremesinghe pledged to create one million jobs and build 500,000 houses in the short term, create 45 economic zones and 11 technological zones, 2,500 Cluster Villages, develop infrastructure in the villages, implement Agrarian Development and Agro Projects, establish a National Agricultural Marketing Authority, environmental friendly agriculture, small and medium scale industries, youth programmes and provide benefits and relief to the military, public servants and the people at large.
Speaking at the launch of the UNF manifesto, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe stated that “those who have joined the Front are committed to ensure freedom for all people, where all can live in peace and harmony enjoining economic stability and where human rights of all are guaranteed”.