There had been criticism regarding these issues for a long time even though previous governments conducted several programmes to address them. Yet, proper solutions were not provided, said the President.He invited all, including those who criticize, to submit proposals despite party or political differences and added that anyone can present suggestions by meeting him in private.
“Thus, the sustainable development topic should be open to dialogue, criticism, conversation and discussion. Criticism will be gladly accepted, although the need is for practical solutions and suggestions,” said the President.
Meanwhile, referring to the current development programme, the President invited all engineers living abroad to come to the motherland to contribute to the programme to reconstruct 24 reservoirs conducted simultaneously with the Moragahakanda – Kalu Ganga irrigation development programme.
The President, who extended the invitation, asked expatriate engineers to come to Sri Lanka even for a short period to accomplish their duties to the motherland.President Sirisena also presented the draft related to the sustainable development discussion to several schoolchildren on the occasion.
Ministers and MPs, including the Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, former Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne, Sustainable Development Vision of Sri Lanka Chairman Prof. Mohan Munasighe, Secretary to the President Udaya R. Seneviratne, other government officials, diplomats, local and foreign representatives and others were present.