Sri Lanka’s govt targets a USD 6000 per capita income within next five years – President

President Maithripala Sirisena

June 30, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena was quoted saying that the government expects to increase per capita income to 6000 US dollars, within next five years and comprehensive development will be formed in every field including investments and industries to achieve this.

President Sirisena has made this comments while he was speaking at the occasion to deliver the benefits of Consolidated Gem Mining Projects of Seethawaka River, among the people in the area, president media reported.

Accordingly, 34.2 million rupees were delivered among 165 of sacred places, Samurdhi beneficiaries, disabled people and 900 orphans who have lost their parents.

President Sirisena pointed out that a part of the profit that gem businessmen and government gained from gem industry should be offered to the low-income families in the areas where the gems are mined.

‘It should be implemented as a policy in the future’ he said.

The President further said that he could not satisfy with the work done by the National Gem and Jewellery Authority during the past few years.

“No politician should get involved in the works of Gem and Jewellery Authority only the people involved in that field should get involved.” President Sirisena said.

President said that actions will be taken to prevent political interference into the Authority.