President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Sunday night stated that his administration would not discriminate amongst the citizens based on their political affiliation or ideologies.
Speaking at the official reception held to mark this year’s Republic Day, the President added that his administration would also not discriminate between its citizens in providing services or carrying out developmental projects.
Noting that the government remains committed to serving in favour of all citizens, President Solih extended his gratification to the coalition partners for their continued support in serving the people.
During the speech, President Solih cited Article eight of the constitution and stated that all the branches of the state, and every citizen, should exercise their rights in accordance with the constitution, assuring that the administration would not waiver in realising its foremost duty of upholding it.
Highlighting on some of the achievements over the previous year, President Solih stressed the administration's efforts to realise the pledge to maintain peace and stability.
He noted the significant drop in violent crimes during the past year, comparative to that of the past six years, and expressed contentment over the fact that no Maldivian lives were lost to gang violence during the period — which is currently at a 50 percent low compared to the past six years.
Speaking about the proposed amendments to the Decentralisation Act, President Solih asserted that the key amendments would provide financial and legal autonomy necessary for regional development and would revolutionise development. He further noted that the budget of councils would increase by two to three-fold.
In addition, the President noted that numerous infrastructure development projects were currently underway, including 14 harbour development projects from the 34 commissioned so far.
According to the President, road construction projects are progressing in seven islands while water and sewerage network projects of 33 islands are approved and ready for commencement and generator sets were provided to 58 islands to ensure uninterrupted electricity services.
The President also shared details of the proposed State Budget for 2020, of which 11 percent is dedicated for social security, 12 percent for education sector development, and 11 percent earmarked for improving the health sector. President Solih said that the administration aspires to commence developmental projects before the end of 2021.
Highlighting that the administration has made notable achievements in foreign relations through the policy to reignite efforts and strengthen bilateral ties, President Solih noted that the administration secured USD 3.21 billion as grant aid from donors via improved diplomatic relations with the international community.
Moreover, the President noted that the administration had established Solar PV Systems in 13 islands and declared 14 sites as protected areas, stressing that the administration’s developmental efforts, especially infrastructure projects, are in harmony with nature.
He further stated that the administration is working towards listing parts of Addu City and Fuvahmulah City as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Speaking at the function, the President also shared the latest details of the works by the Commission on Deaths and Disappearances and Asset Recovery Commission.
The National Award for Special Achievement were also presented to 39 honourees by President Solih at the reception held at Dharubaaruge.