President Maithripala Sirisena says regardless of varying political opinions all must work together for the sake of the country.
Speaking during a discussion held with Provincial Governors and State Officials last evening President Sirisena said a programme to monitor development initiatives in all districts will be initiated in the near future under the theme “Let’s unite for the country”.
The President added in the time left in the year, development initiatives must be focused on the country’s economic state.
The President expressed concern over the unsatisfactory rate at which the economy was developing, stating a further fall would result in even international monetary bodies regarding the country less.
The Head of State meanwhile commenting on the drug menace said the number of incidents related to ransoms have increased in line with drug rackets.
President Sirisena revealed that more than 200,000 people in the country were addicted to potent narcotics.
The President added the country was in danger of falling into a trap where powerful drug lords control the country from the shadows and even though many people were afraid to admit it, the drug racket and underworld had become another government in the country.
President Sirisena noted there were several issues that affected the general public and the daily lives of the people and how the drug menace was related to these issues.
The President also stressed on the importance of everyone in the government in remaining united to change the prevailing situation and bring it under control to prevent any further deterioration.
President Sirisena also said the drug menace was substantially curtailed after the Police Department was vested under his purview.
The President added in line with these efforts on the morning of the 3rd of April the entire country is expected to make a pledge against narcotics, alongside new programmes in place to address the issue.
The Head of State said after the 3rd of April the Police will be joined by the Tri-Forces to crackdown and control drug rackets.