|Friday, 8 February 2002|
'Tamils should preserve their culture'
by Maskeliya group correspondent
Minister of Housing and Plantation Infrastructure Arumugam Thondaman said at the Thaipongal Vilaz held at Wijitha Theatre, Maskeliya recently that he would render best services for the development of the rural people living in the Trincomalee district through his ministry. He will also discuss the living standards of the people with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and seek his assistance in developing the areas.
The Thai Pongal was celebrated at Maskeliya by the Central Province Hindu Culture, presided over by Mr. V. Radhakrishnan, Minister of Culture and Tamil Education, Central Province.
Minister Thondaman said that civilisation and culture had progressed well in this era. Our old culture and traditions should not be allowed to be destroyed and should be safeguarded.
Tamils should preserve their culture. Here a request was given for a cultural hall for the performance of cultural shows.
Minister said that his Ministry had planned to implement the 100 day development program at three stages. First stages will be based to complete all work that were started earlier, secondly to implement new development programs and thirdly to take measures to continue the implementation of development programs even after 100 days, because certain development programs cannot be completed within the 100 days.
Plantation areas too will be developed and there is no doubt in it. An office will be opened to implement such projects in plantation areas at Kotagala. In order to construct roads and playgrounds, machines like bulldozers and caterpillars will be given. No charges will be levied. Only diesel can be offered to the machineries and they could be used. Kotagala town will be a modernised town under the 100 day program. Also people of Talawakelle town face water problem and it will also be solved. Deeds will be issued to those residents living in two and three storied buildings in Colombo areas, by my Ministry.
The Minister called upon everybody to co-operate in implementing the 100 days development program successfully.
Mr. A. Malkothra, Deputy High Commissioner of India said that he came to Sri Lanka in August, 2000 and he had completed 18 months services in Kandy areas. I am happy to see that the Ministry of Tamil Culture in the Kandy and Badulla areas preserve the Indian traditions very successfully and with great interest.
Mr. Muthu Sivalingam, Deputy Minister of Agriculture said that time had come to serve the plantation community through the Government and the Plantation Infrastructure and several other Ministries too. Let us all get together and co-operate for implementation of all projects among plantation community.
Mr. Santhakumar, co-ordinator proposed a vote of thanks.
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