Sri Lanka mayoral candidate promises jobs, decent housing

Sri Lankan Police forming a human chain in parliament to protect the Speaker and enable a vote.

Sep 05, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s ruling party mayoral candidate for the capital intends to organize job fairs for unemployed youth and promised decent housing for squatters uprooted from prime land being cleared for commercial development. Milinda Moragoda said he œwill bring in a professional and capable administration, which will help ensure that Colombo is a well-run and functioning city.”

The capital city will become “a place where citizens of all communities and social backgrounds feel safe and protected, where people can live and work with dignity and in peaceful co-existence,” he told a news conference held to launch his policy platform.

The manifesto promised a programme to help young people in the 18-28 age group establish livelihoods that will include financial and technical assistance to set up small businesses and develop the skills needed to find gainful employment.

“The objective is to leave no one in this age group idle and unemployed. Job fairs, starting with one in the first 100 days, will be organized in cooperation with the private sector,” Moragoda said.

He also said no one uprooted from state land being cleared for re-development will be relocated outside metropolitan Colombo.

“The governme