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President affirms government’s inclusive economic agenda

April 22, Colombo (LNW): President Ranil Wickremesinghe underscored the government’s unwavering commitment to fostering inclusivity in bolstering the nation’s economy, emphasising the dual priorities of economic growth and citizen welfare.

Acknowledging the pervasive impact of recent economic adversities, he stressed the imperative of equitably distributing economic benefits across all segments of society.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the National Rice Distribution for low-income families held at Ambagasdowa Stadium, Uva Paranagama, President Wickremesinghe announced a comprehensive initiative aimed at providing sustenance to 2.74 million low-income families.

Under this programme, eligible families will receive a monthly allocation of 10 kilograms of rice for two months, with 191,548 families identified within the Badulla district.

Symbolically distributing rice bags to 25 beneficiaries, the President marked the commencement of the rice allocation, which is being supervised by Divisional Secretaries nationwide.

President Wickremesinghe underscored the importance of fostering equitable economic development and fostering collaboration among political factions, emphasising the diverse composition of the current government and its steadfast commitment to national interests.

Despite economic challenges such as currency depreciation and job losses, the government has significantly augmented support programmes, including tripling benefits under the Aswasuma programme and initiating rice distribution for low-income individuals.

The President emphasised the importance of inclusive economic development, including sourcing rice from small-scale mill owners to bolster their financial stability.

Initiatives to enhance living standards include land grants to plantation communities and the allocation of flats in Colombo.

President Wickremesinghe further stressed the necessity of unity and urged concerted efforts for national progress, particularly highlighting significant development programmes for the Uva province.

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva commended the President’s focus on empowering individuals economically, noting tangible progress as a result.

State Minister Chamara Samapath Danayake expressed satisfaction in providing rice benefits to those in need, underscoring the President’s pivotal role in the nation’s economic recovery.

MP Vadivel Suresh lauded the President’s endeavours in steering the country through economic crises and praised his foreign relations strategy.

He highlighted initiatives such as Aswasuma benefits and wage increases for public service employees, expressing confidence in the President’s leadership.

The event witnessed the participation of various political representatives and officials, demonstrating collective support for the government’s initiatives aimed at fostering inclusive economic growth.

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