Funds to provide facilities to threatened villages
COLOMBO:The Government has allocated a sum of Rs. 50 million to
provide basic amenities and common facilities to people living in
threatened villages in the Anuradhapura District including the displaced
people following recent LTTE terrorist attacks in Kebithigollewa.
National Development Deputy Minister D.M. Dassanayake disclosed this
fact when he addressed a media briefing at the Anuradhapura District
Secretariat yesterday to explain the media the steps envisaged to
protect and develop the vulnerable villages of the North Central
North Central Province Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake was
associated with the Deputy Minister on this occasion.
Addressing the Media, the Deputy Minister said that on the
instructions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a sum of Rs. 25 million has
already been released to provide drinking water, dry ration including
canned fish and medicine for first aid and also a water bowser for the
people of these areas.
These activities are now in progress under the supervision of Chief
Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake.
He said that a further sum of Rs. 25 million will be released soon to
clear the jungle land and broaden the roads in the threatened villages
including Kebithigollewa and a dozer, a tipper and a motor grader will
be provided to facilitate these protective and constructive measures.
A homeguard will be selected and trained from each household.
Deputy Minister Dassanayake told the media that approximately 75 per
cent of the expected development work in these areas have already been
completed and the government is totally dedicated to complete the
balance within the remaining Rs. 25 million.
The Deputy Minister accompanied by NCP Chief Minister and officials
visited the villages of Kebithigollewa, Padaviya and Weli-oya to meet
the residents and inquire after their health and needs.