There were suc­cesses and fail­ures in his four years in of­fice, says Pres­i­dent

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena marked four years in of­fice on Tues­day ( 8) with a pub­lic ad­mis­sion that while many suc­cesses were achieved dur­ing the past four years, it was also marked by some fail­ures.

Speak­ing at the cer­e­mony to vest the new Lag­gala ‘ Green Town’ with the pub­lic, Pres­i­dent Sirisena how­ever, stated he was com­mit­ted to build­ing on the suc­cesses of the last four years as well as to turn­ing the fail­ures into suc­cesses dur­ing the re­main­der of his ten­ure as Head of State.

Out­lin­ing the suc­cesses over the last four years, he re­called that steps were taken to es­tab­lish democ­racy for all peo­ple, build a so­ci­ety that was free from fear as well as to build a free me­dia, an in­de­pen­dent ju­di­ciary, an im­par­tial pub­lic ser­vice and strengthen the na­tional econ­omy.

He noted that fraud, cor­rup- tion and ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties were key chal­lenges to­wards de­vel­op­ing the coun­try and said com­mit­ted at­tempts were made dur­ing the last four years to elim­i­nate them. Pres­i­dent Sirisena fur­ther in­vited ev­ery­one to join hands to elim­i­nate cor­rup­tion in the coun­try.

Pres­i­dent Sirisena marked his four years in of­fice with two sig­nif­i­cant events, one be­ing the vest­ing of the new Lag­gala green town with the peo­ple. Built at a cost of Rs.4.5 bil­lion, the town re­places the old Lag­gala town, which was sub­merged by the Kalu Ganga Reser­voir due to the con­struc­tion of the Mor­a­ga­hakan­daKalu Ganga Multi- Pur­pose De­vel­op­ment Pro­ject. It will cater to the needs of some 3000 fam­i­lies of the old Lag­gala town who were dis­placed due to the Mor­a­ga­hakanda- Kalu Ganga pro­ject.

A l arge num­ber of Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ters, MPs and lo­cal area politi­cians were among the dig­ni­taries who were present at this event.

The other sig­nif­i­cant event the Pres­i­dent at­tended was the 122nd birth an­niver­sary of for­mer Prime Min­is­ter and Sri Lanka Free­dom Party (SLFP) founder S . W. R . D . Ban­daranaike. The event was held near the for­mer PM’s statue at Galle Face Green.

Se­nior SLFP politi­cians as well as mem­bers of the Ban­daranaike fam­ily were present on the oc­ca­sion.

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