President Mahinda Rajapaksa reiterated his commitment to not allow anyone to reverse the country's forward march in the aftermath of the 30 year conflict. The President who was inspecting the Suduwella Fisheries Harbour in Matara pledged to allocate 200 million rupees for the completion of the harbour in Kottegoda.
The President said the UPFA Government led by him had allocated funds for the construction of the fisheries harbour, which had hitherto been only a dream for the fishing communities living in the area. He expressed his confidence that the economy of the fishing community will receive a great impetus with the completion of this harbour, while adding that the government had already put in place a mechanism to ensure that fishing communities receive stable prices for their harvest. The people in the fishing community aired their grievances to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who having listened to them patiently promised to resolve them in the near future.
Sarath Kumara Gunaratne, Acting Minister - Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister for Skills Development and Vocational Training, Lohan Ratwatte, Member of Parliament and Kanchana Wijesekera, Sri Lanka Freedom Party Organiser for Devinuwara were also present.