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2017-01-11

President Maithripala Sirisena says the development program initiated by the government will not falter despite criticism.

The Head of State speaking at the inauguration of the Moragahakanda Reservoir Project said the present has taken over the debt of the United People’s Freedom Alliance led government.

The Head of state said there are so many people who criticize the work of the government adding that people level various allegations also.

The President added that if there is concern about the country’s economy, it is not something that came into being over the past two years.

The President said this came into being since the UPFA government obtained massive loans for large scale development projects adding that that is the debt that has been incurred.

The Head of state said the government has taken over that debt and the responsibility of paying it off.

The Moragahakanda Reservoir built under Sri Lanka’s largest multi-functional irrigation project was declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena this morning.

The project, under the Mahaweli programme, was initiated in 2007 by the then Minister of Agriculture Maithripala Sirisena.

The project, when completed, will provide irrigation facilities to 81,422 hectares in the dry zone, provide potable and industrial water supply to the towns of Anuradhapura and Trincomalee while opening up 5000 hectares of new land for agriculture development in the Northern, North Central, Eastern and North Western provinces.