Provide welfare facilities sans party colours - President
COLOMBO: President Mahinda Rajapaksa directed the Local Government
authorities to provide adequate welfare services and facilities to the
people, regardless of their political allegiances.
Meeting the representatives of the United Urban Councils Conference
at Temple Trees yesterday, President Rajapaksa stated that the local
government officials also have a great role to play in the mega
development effort of the Government, including the Gama Neguma and the
Maga Neguma projects which are successfully under way.
They should contribute to the said projects, considering it their
bounden duty, in a way that will contribute to the rapid development of
their respective areas.
The representatives made several new submissions to the President how
they could increase the revenue of the Urban Councils (UC). On a request
made to transfer the management of Rest Houses presently under the Urban
Development Authority (UDA), to the Urban Councils (UC), the President
directed the relevant officials to reach an agreement on the transfer
process, after careful consultation between the parties concerned.
The systematic production of Compost fertiliser by the local
authorities, its funding and the Provision of Technical Knowledge for
same was discussed at length.
The provision of ‘field trips’ abroad for UC Chairmen, the provision
of loans to purchase Motor cycles for UC members and usage the title
‘Mayor’ by UC Chairmen, the recruitment of Public Health Inspectors and
Health Services workers also came up for discussion.
The President said that the provision of locally manufactured
vehicles could be considered for them.
Ministers Janaka Bandara Tennekoon and Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Deputy
Ministers Basheed Segu Dawood, Senior Presidential Advisor Basil
Rajapaksa, the Chairman of United Urban Councils Conference and Chairman
of Ambalangoda UC Anura Pradeep and other UC Chairmen participated in