President Mahinda Rajapaksa participated at a ceremony aimed at raising awareness amongst trade unions and the country's workforce of the future development plans of the Mahinda Chinthana.
During the event, the President felicitated family members of several trade union leaders, donating cash prizes.
Addressing the gathering, President Rajapaksa pledged to build a workforce rich in technological and language skills and high standards of professionalism. The President said that the proletariat is not prepared to betray the country for a salary hike and they believed in what the Government promised them at the last Presidential Election. He added that the working class was with the Government at a time when some political party leaders deviated from the policies of their party for dollars.
He went on to state that the country needs a stable Parliament to curb corruption and rebuild this Nation. A stable Parliament is also needed to implement the Mahinda Chinathana idiri dekma or forward vision.
"The people want a country free from terrorism, intimidation, exploitation and imperialism under the Mahinda Chintana," the President said, stressing that the Mahinda Chintana is the only policy document in which the country was introduced as a unitary State after the seeds of terrorism were sown in the Sri Lankan soil. The President added that the people were deprived of their own country and freedom and the Government was able to restore what they lost under the Mahinda Chintana.
Many governments in the country wanted to make the country a carbon copy of another country and some leaders wanted to make Sri Lanka a Singapore, he said. The President reiterated that the Government under his leadership did not make Sri Lanka a carbon copy of another country. Adding that politics begin from the place where the people converge, President Rajapaksa noted that he learnt politics from the people by serving them.
Speaking further, the President stressed that the Government will bring freedom, dignified peace and economic development to the country. He added the Mahinda Chintana helped the country withstand the global economic recession and food crisis.
He said the Government took precautionary measures to cushion the impact of global food shortage and the economic recession. "The country was stable in terms of the economy when millions of employees in other countries lost their jobs due to the economic recession," he said.
The President also commended the services rendered by the working masses to the Government. (PHOTOGRAPHY BY SUDATH SILVA)