Providing relief to the public must be carried out within a democratic framework; says President.
Saturday, 21 February 2015 - 9:46
President Maithripala Sirisena chaired a special progress review meeting at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.
The meeting was held to review the progress on the implementation of the government's 100-Days Programme and resource allocation and to receive the feedback from the senior government officials.
Addressing the meeting, the President said the 100-day programme is not a policy of merely a political front but a national policy and the main objective of the programme is to grant relief to the people within a democratic frame work.
Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena said the government is looking forward to the assistance of World Bank for the selected development projects carried out by it, when World Bank Vice President for the South Asia Region Anette Dixon called on him yesterday.
Responding immediately to the President's request, the World Bank Vice President expressed the global lending agency's readiness to provide financial assistance required by Sri Lanka.
She commended the new government's efforts to strengthen democratic institutions and speed up development.
President Sirisena thanked the World Bank for its assistance to Sri Lanka and emphasized the importance of Sri Lanka receiving the cooperation of the international community towards Sri Lanka as a middle income country in its efforts to elevate living standards of the people.