Sunday Observer Online


Sunday, 18 September 2011





Marriage Proposals
Government Gazette

Kotikawatte-Mulleriyawa Pradeshiya Sabha:

Rousing reception, proof of my popularity - Ex chairman

Crowds welcome former Kotikawatte-Mulleriyawa Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman, Prasanna Solangaarachchi

The administration in the periphery is vital for the country’s development. It should have a strong rural base, said former Chairman, Kotikawatte-Mulleriyawa Pradeshiya Sabha, Prasanna Solangaarachchi in an interview with the Sunday Observer.

Excerpts of the interview:

Q: You are said to be the youngest Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman in the country. What made you enter politics?

A: Yes. I am the youngest who polled the highest majority of votes in the 2006 LG election. At that time I thought that Sri Lanka was heading towards becoming a divided country. I had my own political mentors in the Sri Lanka Freedom party. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Security Forces put an end to the decades-long terrorist menace.

Q: What can a Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman do to develop his area?

A: Administration in the periphery is vital for the country’s development. It should have a strong rural base. None of my predecessors could continue their full term in office. They were there only for a few years, whereas I have completed more than six years in my position as Chairman when the tenure of the Pradeshiya Sabha was extended.

A Pradeshiya Sabha member is the closest politician to the people. People in the village areas have enormous day-to-day problems.

They need grassroots level political support to have them resolved. Even the police some times are arbitrary in their actions. We have to fight for justice for our people, that is my policy.

On the other hand, Local politicians should act to develop infrastructure facilities such as roads, drainage lines, water and electricity and set up playgrounds for students and the youth. These facilities have since been provided by me during my tenure. The crowds who welcome me at their doorstep are proof of my popularity. They appreciate what I had done for them.

Q: How could you complete the development programs despite financial constraints?

A: I strongly believe that there should be a proper plan to reap the dividends. I have access to all voters. I am at the beck and call of the voters to solve their problems. I attend to my voters’ problems on Wednesdays when I visit ministries and other departments. I visit Government institutions on Wednesdays when Ministers, Secretaries and Directors are in their offices to attend to the needs of the people. We need a proper strategy to achieve targets. The voters of my village meet me on Sundays to discuss their grievances. The foundation stone of the Bennet Cooray Playground in Mulleriyawa was laid six years ago, but could not be completed. However, within a few months after I assumed office as Chairman I completed it. The garbage centre at Kolonnawa, where 15 tonnes of garbage can be processed daily, was set up under the guidance of the Ministry of Environment. Many businessmen approached me to buy the garbage.

Q: People are talking about thuggery, corruption and various other malpractices at village level. What is your view?

A: I fight against malpractices as they are a menace. The theme of my campaign is “Be Ready”. King Rajasingha II defeated the Portuguese at Mulleriyawa.

We are following in our ancestors’ footsteps and would no doubt win the struggle for social and economic development.



ANCL Tender - Saddle Stitcher
Donate Now |
LANKAPUVATH - National News Agency of Sri Lanka
Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL)

| News | Editorial | Finance | Features | Political | Security | Sports | Spectrum | Montage | Impact | World | Obituaries | Junior | Magazine |


Produced by Lake House Copyright © 2011 The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd.

Comments and suggestions to : Web Editor