President promises corruption free development drive

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday stressed that he will put in place a mechanism to ensure that the development drive is free from corruption and irregularities, and will continue with high level of transparency.

The President added that his policy against corruption and fraud remains unchanged.

“I will create an atmosphere in which a development drive required by the people will continue without any hindrance with a high level of transparency and accuracy,” he said.

The President was speaking at the opening of a new classroom complex at Girithale Primary School in Polonnaruwa yesterday.

President Maithripala Sirisena was received by the students on his arrival at the school.

The President presented certificates and awards to schoolchildren who secured the first place at the inter school music competition (Group singing category).

The President also opened a classroom building complex at Yoda Ela Maha Vidyalaya, Hingurakgoda yesterday.

The building complex has built at a cost of Rs. 11.45 million under the Pibidemu Wellassa programme with the assistance of the Sri Lanka Air Force.

President Sirisena said the government plans to development 2,400 irrigation tanks in the Dry Zone.

He said that over 120 irrigation tanks would be developed under this programme in the Polonnaruwa district.

“The people in the district have been suffering from the scarcity of water for over six decades and we hope to permanently solve this issue by end of this year,” he said.

North Central Province Chief Sanganayake Ven. Siriketha Siriseevali Thera and Polonnaruwa District Secretary Ranjith Ariyarathna were also present.

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