Billions for rural development
The government reiterates its commitment to uplift the country's
economy by promoting prolific investments with a view to making Sri
Lanka the 'Wonder of Asia.'
Speaking to Daily News Business, Economic Development Ministry
Communication and Development Director General Prof Y M Sunanda Madduma
Bandara said the Ministry has identified immediate priority areas such
as regional and rural development, poverty alleviation and empowerment
of the poor, promoting investments to Sri Lanka, travel and tourism
industry development and nature and wildlife conservation.
Under the Uthuru Wasanthaya programme, various projects funded by the
government are taking place. In keeping with provincial development
programmes ,it is also planned to develop infrastructure particularly
roads, water supply, electrification, irrigation and livelihood
development programmes in all nine provinces.
Under the Uthuru Wasanthaya programme, the government has granted Rs.
400 million this year for the rehabilitation of religious places and the
Jaffna lagoon and to remove the landmines.
The government has approved Rs 600 million, Rs 2673 million, Rs 2573
and Rs 2973 million this year for Nagenahira Navodaya, Pubudamu
Wellassa, Sabaragamu Arunalokaya and Rajarata Navodaya projects
respectively , and this expenditure will cover the implementation of
various projects such as infrastructure development, particularly
irrigation ,water projects, housing projects and road development
The government has also granted Rs 2873 million, Rs 2573 million ,Rs
2656 million and Rs 2673 million this year for Kadurata Udanaya, Wayamba
Pubuduwa, Ran Aruna and Ruhunu Udanaya projects respectively.
Commenting on the recently introduced Divi Naguma Project Prof
Madduma Bandara said, this a national development drive which has been
implemented to enhance the economy in Sri Lanka.
"Under the Divi Naguma programme, it is expected to improve
nutritional level of community while assisting them to increase their
income generation in agriculture, livestock development, fisheries and
other areas. The main objective of the project is to develop one million
domestic economic units and the government will provide seeds, equipment
and fertilizer worth of Rs 10000 for each domestic economic unit. It was
planned to develop one million economic units and at the moment we have
1.1 million economic units.Those who are interested in expanding their
economic activities furthermore are also entitled to receive further
assistance from the government," Prof Madduma Bandara said.