Over Rs. 66,832 m spent to develop rural villages - Minister
The Government has spent Rs. 66,832 million for the development of
rural villages, Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Development
Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardene told Parliament yesterday.
The Minister said President Mahinda Rajapaksa presenting his
manifesto 'Mahinda Chinthanaya' has clearly stated that infrastructure
facilities should be prioritised for the development of rural villages
under the 'Gama Neguma' and 'Maga Neguma' programs.
Therefore, the Government has embarked on massive development drive
to uplift the livelihood of rural folk. He further said that the people
have lauded the decisions taken by the Government to develop the
Accordingly, a number of development projects to improve facilities
like water, education, electricity, roads, and health are progressing
successfully under the 'Eastern Reawakening' and the 'Northern Spring'
In order to expedite the development work, Senior Presidential
Advisor, President of the Northern Task Force and MP Basil Rajapaksa
makes regular visits to the two provinces to inspect the progress of the
projects. "It is reported that local tourists are currently visiting the
North and East in large numbers. We are bound by the duties and
responsibilities of us," he said. Therefore, the Government cannot allow
displaced people to be victims of land mines.
"That is why we have decided to resettle the IDPs only after ensuring
their safety," he said.
A number of land mines had been planted by the LTTE in several areas
of the North and East. Some land mines cannot be detected with the
latest technology. Therefore, we used dogs to detect them.