“The CEB, which was blacklisted as a loss making organization by the COPE Report (Parliamentary Select Committee on Common Enterprises) has now turned into a profit making Organization “states, Attorney – At Law, and Hon. Minister of Power and Energy Pavithra Wanniarachchi. She points out that this metamorphosis has taken places due to the Correct Economic Policies introduced by His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapakse. The above statement was made by Attorney at Law Pavithra Wanniarachchi when she attended a ceremony to vest the ownership of the Eraporuwa, Pahawalakada and Dikwela Katuwedameda Madana Electrification Scheme, situated in the Kolonna Electorate.This scheme which was built at a cost of Rs. 400 Lacks provides electricity to 250 households.
Joining the ceremony she further stated that the Ceylon Electricity Board recorded a substantial profit in 2013 and that it is expected to record a similar profit in 2014 too. Speaking further Hon Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi also stated that, quote:
“When our Hon President handed over this Ministry to me in 2013 he told me to ensure that the whole country should be provided with electricity in 2014. As a person who was born in the village and brought up in the village and who loved the people of the village knows the suffering of the poor man in the village without electricity. That is why he got activated and decided to give electricity to the village.
Our President really and truly loves children. As a villager he is well aware of the hardship and the trauma that the village children had to undergo when they had to trudge to school passing muddy holes while carrying their shoes in their hands. The trauma and the difficulties they had to undergo when studying with the light of the kerosene lamp. It is because of these reasons that he took a policy decision to develop the village. Anyway, by the end of 2014 every household will be provided with electricity. If only the previous Presidents thought in the same way as our present President thinks, the villages would have got electricity 30 years ago. However, it is only our President who took the decision and the initiative to provide electricity to the people of the village.
It is the hope and wish of the leader of our country that we should take our children to a higher place and level in society than their parents. The hearts and minds of our people are strong, and they never sway in times and situations of adversity and have the courage and the back bone to stand up to any adverse situation. They can work hard too. If we help the children of these parents with the aforementioned qualities we cannot even imagine where they would finally end up.
Today our country is in the process of standing up and developing. All villages are developing. By the end of this year the country will get 100 % electrification .Even though the villages did have electricity, at the time I took over this portfolio there were no electricity poles near the houses. Therefore the people were unable to get electricity. They had to obtain the electricity at their own expense. But I changed the Electricity Bill. The onus of providing electricity poles right up to the houses were vested by me in the Ceylon Electricity Board. I did not stop there. Our people who have to put up a severe battle with the elements have no means to get the electricity from the electricity pole that is fixed in front of their house, nor do they have the means to wire their houses. It is to solve this problem that it was decided to grant a loan of Rs. 40,000/- which could be settled within 6 years, and which includes the cost of electricity consumption too. It has been arranged to set off this loan plus the electricity consumption within these 6 years of the loan payment. This project has been planned and initiated as a concessionary means of providing electricity to the village folk who live under various difficulties, to obtain electricity. By successfully providing electricity to the village folk their standard of living, their economic sustainability and social and cultural values have undergone a massive metamorphosis.
The era of Mahinda Rajapakse is a period of huge change. This change is an era where the lives of the poor man have been uplifted. What did the UNP do for us? No roads were built, no electricity was given, no schools were built. All they came for were the votes. As long as Mr Mahinda Rajapakse lives Ranil Wickremasinghe will never be able to come to power. The people of this country will never allow this Government to be defeated. The people know that it is this government that is working on their behalf. We were able to provide electricity to the suffering masses of this country who had to see the light with the aid of a “Kuppi lamp”. The percentage of migrant workers has dropped by 38%. Apart from England the largest numbers of accountants who go for employment abroad are from Sri Lanka.
The Ceylon Electricity Board sustained losses for many number of years. It joined the list of institutions that sustained losses according to the COPE Report. But last year the CEB recorded a substantial profit. According to the far seeing policies and programs of His Excellency the President, we have been successful in recording a good profit this year too, said Hon. Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi. Attending this occasion was Mr. Kanchana Jayaratne, Chairman of the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council, Mr. Daya Pathirana, Chairman of the Kollonna Pradesheeya Sabha, Mr. Chinthaka Pathirana, Deputy Chairman of the Pradesheeya Sabha and a host of other Pradesheeya Sabha MPs and other distinguished guests.