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    Poverty Free Sri Lanka by 2016

    August 08, 2014

    The Government has taken steps to eradicate poverty in Sri Lanka by 2016. The President Mahinda Rajapaksa would seek the views and also solicit proposals from a cross section of the public including key persons in the private and state sectors, before formulating a growth oriented budget with special emphasis on helping the poor, Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwalle said addressing the weekly Cabinet Press Briefing on Thursday (07).

    In keeping with the ruling UPFA’s short term goal of eliminating poverty by 2016 and long term plans for the development of the country, the next budget to be presented by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in November, would target the years 2015 to 2017, the Minister said.


    "Development would become more meaningful when the scourge of poverty is eliminated. With this in mind various measures would be introduced to gradually reduce poverty and achieve our goal of a self sufficient society by 2016."


    The Minister stressed that the Appropriation Bill would also give priority to education, health and vocational training, in keeping with their policy of creating an educated and healthy community. (ST/KH)

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