Planning Service must help spur economic development – Basil

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival and Poverty Alleviation Chairman Basil Rajapaksa said the massive mandate given by the people to the Government with a two-thirds majority should be used to spur economic development in the country.

He was speaking at a discussion with representatives of the Planning Service Association of Sri Lanka at Temple Trees on Saturday.

Rajapaksa pointed out that the people, who have given an overwhelming mandate to implement the President’s ‘Vision for Prosperity’ Policy, are looking forward to a clear change in the development of the country and that the Planning Service has a huge role to play in bringing about that change.

Rajapaksa further said that the workforce should be managed in accordance with the needs of the country. He pointed out that in line with the country’s needs, the requirements for the workforce should be targeted, especially when formulating plans for education and vocational training in the country.

Rajapaksa pointed out that development should not be limited to infrastructure development but should go towards a comprehensive development process beyond that with the participation of the people.

He further emphasized the need to analyse and plan the data collected by various government agencies and to set up a data storage center that can collect the required data and use it for present and future purposes.

Speaking on the changes needed for the entire State sector Rajapaksa said he would coordinate matters to bring to the attention of the President, Prime Minister and the Cabinet about the structural and administrative changes needed in the entire public service.

The Sri Lanka Planning Services Union members said they will contribute fully to the successful implementation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ‘Vision for Prosperity’ policy and the Government’s efforts to improve the institutional structure.

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