In January and August 2015, people of Sri Lanka exercised their franchise

in a decisive manner, marking historic milestones in our country’s journey.

People in the north, south, east, west, and centre came together to vote for: a

change in Sri Lanka’s political culture against the politics of ethnic and religious

division and against extremism on all sides; against impunity; for a strong

democracy; for the rule of law and good governance; for reconciliation and

sustainable peace; equality; upholding, promoting and protecting human rights

of all and the pluralistic nature of our society; and for inclusive and equitable

growth and development of the country. These were the aspirations of the

people of Sri Lanka who voted to send a message to those who they elected

that the promise of strong democracy and democratic institutions, the promise

of reconciliation and sustainable peace and the promise of development, must

be fulfilled.

 

Some of our promises have already been fulfilled. Chief among them are the

restoration of Sri Lanka’s image on the international stage, the 19th amendment

to the constitution, the setting up of independent commissions, the Right

to Information Act, the restoration of the freedom of expression, public

consultations on the proposed reconciliation mechanisms and the constitution,

the setting up of the constitutional assembly, measures to rid our nation of

corruption and usher in a culture of good governance. We have taken vital

steps to reduce our debt burden, uplift the economic conditions of all citizens

and ease the cost of living. Providing salary increments for state and non-state

workers, increasing pension and Samurdhi payments, reducing the cost of

essential items such as petrol, gas and medicine, were some measures taken

by the Government to achieve the stated goals. Thus far more than 430,000 new

jobs have been created in our efforts to create a million jobs. On others, we

have initiated processes which are yet to reach fruition, but work continues with

diligence. As in all democracies, progress is often not made in straight lines. Sri

Lanka too, like all other countries in the world, is susceptible to the influence

of global developments, natural disasters, and related challenges, and faces

setbacks as a result.

 

However, as we now stand at the threshold of marking the 70th anniversary of

independence of our nation, we are determined and firm in our resolve to work

with constant, consistent effort and perseverance to ensure that we realise our

dream of a stable, peaceful, reconciled, and prosperous Sri Lanka, for all people

of our country, a dream that has eluded us for many years. This document sets

out the path we are taking to make that dream a reality.
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