Sept 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) mayoral candidate for the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Milinda Moragoda released his election manifesto during a press briefing held in Colombo this morning.
Moragoda, a former Justice Minister of the UPFA government who has a clean track record as a politician, has introduced a 12-point development plan for the Sri Lankan capital city.
In his plan, he promises a clean and efficient administration with right to information and to protect and foster religious and cultural diversity.
Under his administration, sports facilities will be improved and building approvals will be granted within a month. He also pledges to build a safe modern and beautiful city with better living conditions for tenement dwellers.
Among other items of the 12-point plan are the pledges to improve and streamline health care facilities, set up a scheme to address youth unemployment and a mechanism for swift action in case of breakdown.
The plan includes a 100-day program and short and long term plans to benefit the populace of the city.
Reportedly, the UPFA candidate has discussed the plan with all religious leaders including Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of the Catholic Church.
Moragoda had served as Minister of Justice and Law Reform, Minister of Tourism, Minister for Economic Reform, Science and Technology and Deputy Minister for Plan Implementation and Development in earlier administrations.
Moragoda lost his re-election bid to the parliament at the April 2010 general elections.