General Election manifestos
UNP: A new country in 60 months JVP: Focus on
building a modern society:
The United National Front for Good Governance released its election
manifesto, ‘A New Country in 60 Months: Five Point Plan’ at the
Viharamahadevi Park in Colombo on Thursday.
The manifesto outlines the policy of the UNP-led front for the next
five years. Its five main points are, growing the economy, fighting
corruption, enshrining freedom for all, investing in infrastructure and
improving the education system.
UNF leaders led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and several
prominent figures who recently defected from the UPFA to form the UNGFF
were present.A knowledge-based economy and a market economic system is
expected to be created under the Five Point Plan. It will have a human
face rather than being socialist or capitalist.
A future UNF government would create one million employment
opportunities and a new Development Act would be introduced.
According to the manifesto, the economy would be digitalised.
Forty-five high economic development zones, 11 industrial and technical
zones, 23 agricultural development zones, 10 fisheries development zones
and several tourism development zones would be set up.Through this 2,500
cluster villages would be established. Personal transport would be
discouraged while the public transport system would be regularised, and
compensation of Rs.1 million has been proposed for death caused due a
bus or train accident while the same compensation would also be paid for
a trishaw driver’s death due to an accident.
Under the action plan, it is proposed to add the allowance granted to
public servants recently to their basic salary and a tax ombudsman would
be appointed for tax payers.
The Five-Point Plan has also given priority to creating firm and
long-term strategies with civil society, the private sector and
international agencies to eliminate corruption.
The manifesto proposes to set up a Megapolis in the Western province.
A housing development program to build 500,000 houses is also included.
It proposes to allow every student to study for the Advanced Level
examination regardless of their Ordinary Level examination results. Six
percent of the GDP would be allocated for education and 3% would be for
free healthcare facilities. According to the manifesto a new university
syllabi would be introduced to train students targeting the
international job market. The manifesto also expects to strengthen the
victory that was achieved on January 8.
Meanwhile the JVP also launched its national program ‘The Accord of
Conscious’ at a convention at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.
The JVP’s election manifesto introduces an extensive program to build
The key points in the document are, people-friendly rule, improvement
of human resources, a modernised and industrialised country, a just
society and liberated people.
The main theme ‘People’s Administration’ includes administrative
structure, fundamental rights, national security, national unity and
foreign policy. The JVP hopes to improve the country’s agricultural
sector and strengthen local manufacturers and producers. Under the
national program that JVP would develop the country over the next five
years based on five factors.
Under ‘A superior human resource’, health, water, food, nutrition,
sanitation, sports and physical fitness, science and technology are
Facts discussed under ‘modernised and industrialised country’ are
industries, agriculture, livestock, fisheries and aquatic resources,
plantations, tourism, lands, water management and irrigation, local and
foreign trade, monetary sector, power and energy, transport and roads,
housing, environment, employment, Sri Lankan expatriates and rural
A JVP government would provide a house to all married couples and
would also give priority to ensuring the health service meets the needs
of the people. It would also create a judicial system which would be
efficient and cases will proceed in an efficient manner.
The JVP will have a foreign policy that will place Sri Lanka in a
high position in the international arena and focus on building a modern
society. The manifesto also calls for investments in accordance with the
needs of the economy.