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Language should not be a barrier in solving problems - President
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 - 05.03 GMT

Language should not be a barrier to any ethnicity in trying to solve their problems and all offices must employ those who are competent in Sinhala, Tamil and English, President Rajapaksa stated. 
He made this statement during a progress review meeting with the Eastern Province administrative officials held in Trincomalee yesterday (4 Oct).
‘Such a thing called an ‘ethnic problem’ does not exist in this country. We are a single nationality of one nation and law is equal to all. We do not provide funds for development considering ethnicities’, the President stressed.
The accelerated development process carried out in the Eastern Province soon after its liberation from terrorism will be truly successful only when its benefits are shared by the people in the area, President Rajapaksa told the officials. 
The government has allocated Rs.89 billion for the development work of the Eastern Province alone, the President said pointing out that this was the first time that such a large amount was allocated for the development of a single Province. ‘This is because the government was committed to provide facilities for the innocent people who suffered from terrorism’. 
The President added that the Eastern Province has seen rapid progress within a short period and that attention must be given to spiritual development as well. 
‘In the end, what is important is the people’s happiness’, he said.
President Rajapaksa called on the Eastern Province administrative officials to step up their efforts in providing electricity to every household in the Province and to give special attention to uplift the education of the children in the area. 
He also pointed out that the housing problem needs to be solved quickly and reviewed the progress made so far. 
Noting the livelihoods of the people in the area have been strengthened due to the liberation of the Eastern Province from terrorists, he called on officials to provide every opportunity for the people to have more access to the market to sell their produces. ‘The aim is to uplift their economy’, he said.
Progress in the spheres of agriculture, irrigation, fisheries, housing, health and education were discussed in depth at the meeting with possible programmes that can be implemented. 
Ministers P. Dayaratne and A. L. M. Athaullah, Deputy Ministers Susantha Punchinilame, M.K.D.S. Gunawardena and Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, Governor of the Eastern Province Mohan Wijewickrama, Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa were among those present at the meeting. 



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