The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) election manifesto launched today, looks to protect Sri Lanka’s national sovereignty.
The manifesto was launched by Prime Ministerial candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa in the presence of UPFA members and others.
Earlier in the day a copy of the manifesto was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena, who is the President of the UPFA, by a UPFA delegation which included UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha and Sri Lanka Freedom Party General Secretary Anura Priyadharshana Yapa.
Themed as ‘Assurance for the Future’ the election manifesto describes how a UPFA government would implement plans and programmes for socio-economic development of the country during the next five years. The UPFA leaders held a lengthy discussion with the President about the ways and means of plan implementation.
The Manifesto titled “Reincarnate the nation and start over” looks at many ambitious goals for Sri Lanka over the next 5 years. Increasing the salaries of government employees to a minimum of Rs. 25,000, increasing the cost of living allowance to Rs. 10,000, presenting each State University student with a stationary allowance of Rs.10,000, and increasing the Mahapola scholarship to Rs. 6000 are interesting highlights of the manifesto.
The UPFA election manifesto has 12 main focal points.
1. National unity and sustainable reconciliation
2. Anti-corruption mechanism and maintaining the autonomy of the Supreme Court
3. Economic management
4. Foreign Policy
8. Environment and wildlife
9. Culture, Arts and Communication
10. Sports and Youth
11. Women and childcare
12. Investment and infrastructure development
The manifesto states further that these projects under focal points will be done following three main factors in mind: national identity, innovation and societal unity.