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    Maithripala Sirisena’s 100 Day Work Programme

    January 12, 2015

    1.The salaries of public servants will be raised by Rs 10,000 a month. Immediate relief will be provided by a payment of Rs 5,000 in February. A consolidated salary scheme will be put in place then, to cover all arrears

    2.Full relief will be provided on the loans given to public servants for the purchase of motor cycles. Those who have paid previously will be refunded.


    3.Graduates from whom virtual slave labour is obtained will be given regular appointments in a systematic fashion, and opportunities for promotion will be provided in accordance with suitable criteria.


    4.An allowance of Rs 5,000 will be paid to pensioners, pending adjustment of anomalies in pensions.


    5.Rs 1 million of the deposits in State Banks of each pensioner will receive interest of 15%.


    6.The Samurdhi Allowance will be increased to 200% of the present rate to a maximum of Rs 2,000.


    7.Pregnant mothers will be given an allowance of Rs 20,000 to supplement nourishment.


    8.Excessive taxes will be lowered to reduce prices on ten essential food items. At the same time, special provisions will be put in place for protection of those producing such goods locally.


    9.The current excessive taxes on fuel, amounting to around Rs 40 billion a year, will be removed and the benefits of this reduction in cost will be passed on to consumers.


    10.The efficiency of both state and private transport services for the public will be improved through providing appropriate incentives to the transport sector.


    11.The price of a cylinder of domestic gas will be reduced by Rs 300.


    12.The guaranteed purchase price for a kilogramme of rice will be Rs 50.


    13.The guaranteed purchase price for a kilogramme of potatoes will be Rs 80.


    14.The guaranteed purchase price for a kilogramme of tea leaves will be between Rs 80 and 90.


    15.The guaranteed purchase price for rubber will be Rs 350 per kilogramme.


    16.The guaranteed purchase price paid to dairy farmers for a litre of milk will be raised by Rs 10 from the present Rs 60.


    17.Relief of 50% will be provided on loans taken by farmers, and the remainder will be compounded to allow for payment on easy terms.


    18.The low quality fertilizer that threatens life as well as soil and produce will be replaced by fertilizer of better quality that conforms to regular standards


    19.Instead of low quality fertilizer tea smallholders will be provided with fertilizer of better quality that conforms to regular standards


    20.Compensation of Rs 1 million will be paid to fishermen who lose their lives at sea through an insurance scheme with state contributions


    21.An insurance scheme for crops will be introduced for farmers with state contributions


    22.A new pensions scheme will be introduced for farmers and fishermen.


    23.A pensions scheme will be introduced for Three Wheeler Drivers, Masons and Carpenters and those engaged in small scale retail trade and other informal occupations.


    24.A pensions scheme will be introduced for migrant workers, and the interest on their NRFC deposits will be increased by 2 ½%.


    25.A programme will be put in place to ensure support and protection for the families of migrant workers in the Middle East and elsewhere who provide an invaluable service to the country through their labour


    26.Relief will be provided on the interest and penalties payable on pawned gold items upto a value of Rs 200,000


    27.Measures will be taken to provide relief to those caught in a debt trap though falling prey to various promises made by finance companies, credit card scams and pyramid schemes


    28.New laws will be put in place to prevent abuse of women, abuse of children and sexual harassment of women and measures taken to ensure that women and children can live without fear in Sri Lanka, with responsibility undertaken to enforce the laws effectively


    29.Measures will be put in place to protect those of all races widowed during the conflict, and their families.


    30.So as to increase the participation of women in political decision making, legislation will be introduced to ensure at least 25% of women’s representation in Provincial Councils and Local Government bodies.


    31.To fully overcome the unemployment problem that affects our young people, we will put in place a million jobs programme for local and foreign employment and for self-employment


    32.We will strengthen provisions that enable young people to hold opinions and express them freely, and illustrate them creatively, and to freely enjoy the rights associated with youth


    33.Wi-fi will be made available free of charge in Centres in every town to facilitate Internet access


    34.The Youth Parliament will be given financial powers to implement projects relating to youth proposed by the Youth Council and other youth organizations, and will receive an allocation of Rs 250 million for this purpose for 2015


    35.Those engaged in Small and Medium Industries who have fallen into a debt trap and been blacklisted by CRIB, and those who suffer the same because of credit card debts, will be relieved from this through an easy repayment scheme.


    36.Instead of the hijacking of the economy by a few individuals engaged in deals with regard to casinos and drugs and ethanol, we will develop a national business sector working towards the prosperity of the country, in particular by establishing schemes of credit on easy terms for Small and Medium Enterprises.


    37.To develop more jobs and increase exports we will regain the GSP+ provisions that were lost


    38.We will review the current programme to integrate finance companies and banks


    39.An institution will be established to regulate and develop micro-finance


    40.A Bureau will be set up to protect Small Enterprises


    41.To promote the Trishaw business, a government office will be set up inclusive of Trishaw drivers and the banking sector


    42.We will set out to raise to 3% the current 1.8% allocated for the free Health Service.


    43.All drugs needed by patients attending government hospitals will be made available without shortages in those very hospitals.


    44.An intensive programme will be implemented to swiftly get through the waiting lists for patients at government hospitals.


    45.Government hospitals will offer services to out patients until 10 pm every day.


    46.We will put a stop pending investigation into import of fertilizer and chemical substances suspected of contributing to kidney disease, while immediately preparing plans for short term and long term measures to deal with the problem, and ensuring their implementation.


    47.Steps will be taken to put in place an effective institution to regulate trade in food items, cosmetics, drugs and other essential items


    48.Steps will be taken to strengthen ayurvedic health services


    49.Measures will be taken to efficiently coordinate services in Western, Eastern and Indigenous medicine and provide a unified service to the people


    50.We will set in place a programme to systematically eliminate the drug menace, that includes heroin and ganja, and institute with international support a comprehensive, quick and effective rehabilitation scheme for youngsters addicted to these substances


    51.A special consolidated Task Force will be set in place to deal with drug abuse


    52.Pictorial warnings with regard to the dangers of smoking will be increased to 80%.


    53.Casino businesses which were granted excessive tax relief in opposition to the advice of the Mahanayakes and the views of the people will have their licenses revoked


    54.We will put a stop to the Ethanol scam which avoided payment of required taxes


    55.We will set out to raise to 6% the current 1.7% allocated for free Education


    56.Powers with regard to universities which are now exercised by the Minister will be restored to the universities through the University Grants Commission, and the politicization of the universities will be halted.


    57.Mahapola scholarships at universities will be raised to Rs 5000.


    58.Provision will be made for all those who qualify in three subjects at Advanced Level to study towards obtaining a degree or diploma


    59.A fair scheme for admission to Grade 1 will be instituted and implemented transparently. Those who have suffered from abuse in this regard will be provided with immediate relief.


    60.Delays in admitting students to schools will be stopped and all students will be guaranteed entry to Grade 1 at the beginning of the school year


    61.The Circular regarding religious education in schools will be made applicable to all schools, and a committee with representation of all religions will be established to monitor its implementation


    62.International schools will be made subject to monitoring by the State


    63.Current excessive taxes on fishing boats, nets, equipment and engines will be removed


    64.We will put a stop to the incursions of foreign boats into our national waters


    65.Measures will be taken to revive the European Union market from which our fish is now being excluded.


    66.A Meteorological Inquiry service will be established to provide accurate information immediately to fishermen with regard to storms and other dangers.


    67.Immediate steps will be taken to repair irrigation channels that have fallen into disuse.


    68.Immediate steps will be taken to clear up reservoirs that have silted up.


    69.The heroic members of the armed forces who are deployed in menial work such as cutting grass, sweeping roads and clearing drains will go back to only fulfilling the regular duties appropriate to the forces


    70.The present politicization with regard to promotions in the police force will be replaced with a transparent scheme based on capacity, skills, commitment and efficiency


    71.The seniority of officers of the regular police force will be safeguarded and any irregularities arising from integration of the auxiliary police force into the regular police force will be corrected


    72.There will be an immediate stop to using members of the armed forces for the protection of Ministers and politicians and their family members. Police protection will be provided in accordance with clear specifications, and the practice of Ministers and politicians inconveniencing the public by travelling with security vehicles will be halted


    73.Steps will be taken to provide land ownership and proper housing to plantation workers instead of their current confinement in line rooms


    74.Facilities will be provided in schools for the children of plantation workers in the Badulla, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Matale and Kegalle Districts to have access to education in the Tamil medium upto university level including in Science


    75.Relief will be provided to all those illegally displaced for various reasons from their homes and lands


    76.The value will be calculated of the housing and land of which residents of Colombo have been deprived, and that will be deducted from the housing loans they are now paying


    77.A programme will be implemented swiftly to provide housing to the hundreds of thousands who have no shelter


    78.A democratic civil administration will be put in place in North and South


    79.Through legal and social means steps will be taken to prevent actions and speech that lead to denigration of other races and religions and of religious leaders, and spread hatred between those of different races and religions


    80.Protection will be provided to all places of religious worship


    81.National and Local Councils of religious leaders will be set up to promote reconciliation between those of different religions and work effectively against the spread of religious animosities


    82.Measures will be taken to preserve and protect archaeological sites


    83.Outlets for alcohol will be removed from the vicinity of places of religious worship ncluding the Temple of the Tooth, and car races in those areas will be stopped.


    84.Proposed amendments to the Buddhist Temporalities Act will be finalized after consultation of the Heads of Buddhist Orders to obtain their advice and guidance and approval.


    85.A programme will commence to develop pirivena education and train teachers for religious instruction


    86.The foundation will be laid for an International University which will also work towards raising educational standards at pirivenas to international standards


    87.Laws will be passed swiftly to put a stop to ill-treatment of animals


    88.Hindrances to the work of Civil Society groups concerned with economic and social development, environmental issues, and with issues of Good Governance and Human Rights, will be removed


    89.A culture will be established that safeguards and values the independence and artistic integrity of practitioners of the arts


    90.Both immediate and long term measures will be taken to safeguard the independence of media personnel and institutions


    91.The Right to Freedom of Thought and Expression will be strengthened


    92.Parliamentary proceedings will be telecast live


    93.Since Sri Lanka is not a signatory to the Rome Statute regarding international jurisdiction with regard to war crimes, ensuring justice with regard to such matters will be the business of national independent judicial mechanisms


    94.Their positions and rights will be restored to victims of political revenge and punishments, including former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka, and 43rd Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.


    95.A respected Foreign Service free of political interference will be re-established


    96.Areas designated by law as Environmentally Protected Lands will be protected and care taken to safeguard their boundaries


    97.Areas of environmental importance which are now subject to threats of destruction will be further identified and necessary steps taken to protect them


    98.Steps will be taken, using contemporary international technological knowledge, to restore areas of environmental importance that have been harmed or are suffering threats


    99.The Wild Life Protection Ordinance will be effectively implemented without fear or favour


    100.It will be compulsory to have an Environmental Assessment Study at the very inception of any development projects



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