Stronger economy for a brighter future

A house under construction for the underprivileged.

Home is the place where we congregate as a family and share our experiences, a safe haven for us to return to after our busy days in the outside world. Housing is important to the well-being and security of families.

Our government’s mission is to ensure that all Sri Lankans have shelter by 2025. While in government, the UNP has invested over Rs. 22 billion into housing during the past two years. We are proud to have helped over 260,000 families to secure homes. In addition, in 2018, we have proposed the construction of 650 model villages, investing Rs. 9.5 billion for the purpose, which will benefit a further 36,651 families, in addition to the 507 whose homes are already under construction.

The investment in these houses is only possible because of the measures our government has taken to build a strong economy. Without a strong economy, we cannot provide necessary funds to local governments. We are working towards fixing past mistakes and building a stronger economy for a brighter future for all Sri Lankans.

Soon, we have our crucial local government elections. The UNP’s presence at the local level following these elections, will determine the future of our economy. A strong UNP presence in the local government means a stronger UNP in the national government and a stronger national economy. A weak UNP presence in the local government would result in the opposite. Therefore, the choice is clear, voting only for the UNP locally, guarantees a good deal from the national government for your area.

In the national government, the UNP has a track record of delivering to the people. We have created over 400,000 jobs and have committed to bringing more jobs to your area. Fuel prices have been reduced by 22 percent to help low-income families with the cost of living. We have provided Rs. 20,000 to pregnant women so that the next generation arrives safely. Serious crime has been cut by a third, making Sri Lanka safer for our families. Public sector salaries have increased by Rs. 10,000 so public servants could make ends meet.

Victory at the local elections will enable the UNP to build more upon the progress made since 2015—it means sticking to a plan to build a stronger economy and help us secure an outright victory in the next general election.

Rajapaksa and his acolytes have nothing to say; they are void of any positivity or genuine ideas for our country and are only able to criticise the UNP. If we are not successful at the local level, we would provide an opportunity for Rajapaksa to consolidate his position and threaten our country’s future.

So I truly hope you understand that these elections will be close and every vote will count. Therefore, not voting is the same as voting for another party and not voting for the UNP locally, jeopardises the future of your respective local areas.

Housing is a human right, and we are providing homes for our hard-working citizens. Presently, there are more homes, a stronger economy, and we are building a better Sri Lanka. Let us keep on track! 

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