Govt continues to uplift local economy, working people
The Government is working with commitment to ensure better living standards for its citizens without imposing limitations that obstruct the economic activities of the working people, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in his May Day message stated.
He acknowledged the working people were the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and said the Government has understood this reality.
“The Government has supported the working people by providing an allowance of Rs 5,000 to low-income families,” he noted.
President Rajapaksa also said the rights of the working people were safeguarded by ensuring that all public sector employees were given full salaries without any deductions and the Government’s continuous efforts to maintain all public welfare programmes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The President further said the programme implemented to provide employment for unskilled individuals without any formal or professional education selected from underprivileged families would benefit the working masses and their families the most.
The decision to raise the daily wage of estate workers to Rs 1,000 was another example of the Government’s endeavours for the working community that President Rajapaksa pointed to in his message.
He also said that the working people, especially the farmers in the country, will reap the benefits of the local economy that is being strengthened by import restrictions on 19 goods. The President also asserted that farmers were strengthened and empowered by the move to remove barriers to sell farmers’ produce during the festive season.
Projects such as the ‘Gama Samaga Pilisandarak’ and ‘Weda Samaga Yali Gamata’ are directly embedded in the lives of working people in the country.
He also claimed that the Government has fulfilled its promises to protect the country’s national security and sovereignty. Steps are being taken to implement policies for the growth of local industries and agriculture-based economy, the President further stated.
A clear, well-defined economic plan has been formulated and being implemented, the President said, to eradicate poverty, which is the biggest burden faced by a substantial segment of the working class.