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To coincide with Universal Postal Day : Programme to regularise communication services in Matale district

The Ministry of Mass Communication has made arrangements to implement a "Communication Week" from October 3 to 9 in Matale District to commemorate Universal Postal Day which falls on October 9.

A well-planned, speedy development programme of postal, telecommunications and communication services in Matale district will be implemented during the next three months under the programme of Communication Week covering Matale, Laggala and Dambulla electorates and all Divisional Secretary's Divisions of the district, a press release from the Ministry said.

A special discussion with regard to the identification of target programmes for the designing and implementation of proposed development programmes in Matale district to commemorate the "Communication Week" was held recently with the participation of Minister of Mass Communication, Imthiaz Bakeer Markar and Minister of Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government, Alic Aluvihare at the District Secretariat, Matale. During this Communication Week, two new post offices will be constructed, three sub-post offices will be upgraded and 10 new post offices will be opened in the rural estate area of the district. New communication locales at Palapathwala, Madawala, Kaikawla and Wilgamuwa Post Offices will also open during the week and fax machines, time machines and photocopies will also be provided to all the post offices in the district. The provision of telephone facilities for 12 sub-post offices in remote areas of the district and the commencement of an Express Mail Service at the post offices in Matale will also take place.

The Sri Lanka Telecom Ltd. has taken measures to provide 2000 new telephone connections for Matale district during the Communication Week and approximately 1000 new telephone connections will be provided by other private telecommunication companies.

Establishment of a "Communication Subscribers Committee" with a view to protect the rights of the consumers who receive Posts, Telecommunication and Print Media services will also be commenced during this week from Matale District.

The Ministry of Mass Communication intends to launch this programme islandwide and arrangements would be made to make an organisational awareness on the consumers needs on the posts, telecommunication and media sectors and obtain the maximum of the service for their consumers, by this Communication Subscribers Committee.

The national ceremony to commemorate the Universal Postal Day will be held on October 9 and issuance of a new stamp and a first day cover to mark the convocation of Buddhist Monks in activity of the Buddhism in Sri Lanka, will also take place on this occasion.

To mark the Universal Postal Day a varied number of programmes will be implemented in other areas as well.

Minister Imthiaz Bakeer Markar who participated at this Progress Review Meeting pointed out that the said programme and the Communication Week programme implemented in the Matale District should executed during the next three months by obtaining the support of political leaders of the area, divisional secretaries and all other government officials.

Minister of Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government, Alick Aluvihare, Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Communication, Kumar Abeysinghe also addressed the meeting.

Chief Minister of the Central Province Wasantha Aluvihare, District Secretary of Matale S. Udage, Postmaster General W. M. Piyasena, Government Printer Neville Nanayakkara, Government Officials, Ministers, Members of Provincial Councils, Members of Pradeshiya Sabhas and Divisional Secretaries were present.

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