Banks must be lenient towards craftsmen-PM

2020-09-16 at 13:06

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says commercial banks must follow a flexible policy pertaining to local craftsmen.

Speaking during an event at the Diyatha Uyana in Battaramulla the Prime Minister said it has been reported that local craftsmen face various difficulties when applying for loans.

Premier Rajapaksa stated if local craftsmen have the opportunity to obtain loan concessions it will be of great assistance.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa noted in order to make famous local handicrafts; the relevant products must be sold and used.

The Premier said having stores dedicated for such products will encourage craftsmen and prompt them to make better products.

Also speaking at the event Minister Wimal Weerawansa said necessary attention was not directed towards local craftsmen during the term of the former good governance government.

Minister Weerawansa said the present administration has directed attention towards local craftsmen and towards solving their issues, by creating a market for products and encouraging craftsmen.

The Minister said the former government failed to direct attention towards all local industries, claiming that the economic policy of the former administration was formulated in a manner which undermined agriculture and all other local industries.

Minister Weerawansa however expressed hope that local craftsmen will be encouraged to produce goods of better quality, according to the national policy framework “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour”, under the leadership of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.