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Govt allocates Rs136 b for Badulla district development

Nine villages to be developed as towns:

The government will allocate Rs 567 million for 567 Grama Niladhari divisions in the Badulla district for accelerated development under the One-Task-for One-village programme and Rs 340 million for infrastructure development through the Economic Development Ministry.

Rs 450 million will be allocated under the Pura Neguma programme through the Local Government and Provincial Councils Ministry to develop nine villages in the district as towns.

Accordingly, 874,000 people in 1991 villages coming under 567 Grama Niladhari Divisions in the Badulla District's 15 Divisional Secretarial areas will benefit from these accelerated development programmes.

Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa announced this at a meeting at the Badulla Divisional Secretariat Office in connection with the One-Task for-One-Village programme of Gama Neguma 2012.

Badulla Divisional Secretary Rohana Dissanayake coordinated this meeting with the participation of MPs, Provincial Councillors, Municipal and Urban Councillors and Pradeshiya Sabha members of Mahiyangana, Viyaluwa, Badulla, Haliela, Passara, Uva Paranagama, Welimada, Bandarawela and Haputale electorates.

Senior Minister A H M Fowzie and Local Government and Provincial Council's Minister A L M Athaulla also participated.

Development work at a cost of Rs 567 million allocating Rs 1 million for each of the 567 Grama Niladhari Divisions of the district was approved, giving priority to proposals made by the district's 16 Municipal and Urban Councils, Pradeshiya Sabhas and Jana Sabhas.

Minister Basil Rajapaksa said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has allocated these funds from the 2012 budget to the Economic Development Ministry to develop all villages through the One-Task-for-One-Village programme under the Gama Neguma in accordance with the Mahinda Chinthana Vision.

The government will spend Rs 450 million to develop nine villages belonging to the Ridimaliyedda, Meegahakiwula, Kandeketiya, Haldummulla, Uva Paranagama, Bandarawela, Lunugala, Haputale and Badulla Local Government bodies as towns by the Local Government and Provincial Council Ministry.

Under this programme, each village will get a main bus stand, building for weekly fairs, public playground, library, Pradeshiya Sabha building, public toilets, pavements, public cemetery and a drainage network among other facilities. Under the Economic Development Ministry's Yali Pibidemu programme, Rs 340 million has been allocated to develop the Badulla district, said Minister Rajapaksa.

The amount allocated for infrastructure development in each electorate will be Rs 34 million for Mahiyangana, Rs 35 million for Viyaluwa, Rs 40 million for Badulla, Rs 68 million for Haliela, Rs 39 million for Passara, Rs 28 million for Welimada, Rs 31 million for Bandarawela and Rs 50 million for Haputale.

These development projects will benefit 233,902 people in rural, urban and plantation areas.

There are 63,268 Samurdhi beneficiaries in the district which is 27 percent of the district's total population. The number of poverty - stricken people in the district is 207,138. Governor Nanda Mathew and Ministers A H M Fowzie, A L M Athaulla, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Lakshman Seneviratne and Dilan Perera and MPs Uditha Lokubandara, Thenuka Vidanagamage and Chamika Buddhadasa and Provincial Council ministers Sendil Thondaman and A M Budhhadasa, political representatives, District Secretary Rohana Dissanayake and government officials also participated.

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