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Systematic curriculum for gem cutting, jewellery production timely need - Amunugama

Formulation of a systematic curriculum for gem cutting and jewellery production industry is a timely need which should be fulfilled by the Gem and Jewellery Training and Research Institute (GJTRI).

Granting of Diplomas and Degrees through training programmes conducted under such a systematic curriculum will help develop the economy by increasing national income, said Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama.

Dr. Amunugama said so at a meeting which followed the opening of a Gem and Jewellery Training and Research Regional Centre at Werellagama, Kandy recently.

Dr. Amunugama said the Gem and Jewellery industry sector in Sri Lanka had still not been developed to its full potential. Optimum development of this sector would facilitate more job avenues for youth, increase national income and improve the living standards of a large number of the population.

Amunugama said a proper survey had still not been done on Sri Lanka’s gem deposits. Therefore the National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA) and the GJTRI engage in scientific research to identify new gem deposits which have not been harnessed.

Aimless and haphazard mining without identifying proper layers of gem deposits would cause untold damage to the environment. This could be avoided if authorities took steps to educate people about places with gem deposits identified through proper survey and research.

He said the NGJA should not obstruct land owners with potential gem deposits from prospecting for them. What the NGJA should do is to assist them to do it systematically.Amunugama said the Government had not allowed development to suffer a setback despite a war situation.

The Government had launched massive road and other infrastructure development activities, electricity, water supply and other schemes in earnest and the people were well aware of it. Provincial Council member Dilum Amunugama also spoke.

NGJA Chairman Asoka Jayawardene and other officials were also present.

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