IT literacy must to benefit from development - Namal
Information Technology literacy is vital for truly reaping the fruits
of development, said Hambantota District MP Namal Rajapaksa.
Silver medalist R. M. Shivanti, ICTA
Chairman Prof. P. W. Epasinghe, Senior Rural Affairs
Minister Athauda Seneviratne, Hambantota District MP Namal
Rajapaksa and Telecommunication and Technology Minister
The MP points out that there should be an IT literate society if the
benefits of development are to effectively accrue to Sri Lanka which is
currently progressing in the path of development.
MP Namal Rajapaksa said so while officially inaugurating the
'e-diriya' national IT literacy initiative at the Vidyasagara Pirivena
Buddhist Temple at Kotiyakumbura in Kegalle recently.
'e-diriya' initiative aims at providing a basic computer knowledge to
50,000 'Samurdhi' recipients and schoolchildren.
MP Namal Rajapaksa emphasised that information technology is an
important tool in every sphere of the country's development. Due to this
many take great interest in the use of IT as a tool. Pointing out that
the number of the country's telephone connections had exceeded the
population, MP Rajapaksa said further that the main objective of the
'e-diriya' national IT literacy initiative was to make use of the
computers to reach such a level.
However MP Rajapaksa stressed that it was imperative that computers,
internet and telephones are used for healthy purposes. The MP pointed
out that the country's development becomes more meaningful only if the
future generation becomes righteous. For this the background should be
prepared by the schools, the MP added.
Participating in the occasion, the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA)
Chairman Professor P. W. Epasinghe pointed out that the widespread
availability of ICT equipment such as computers and mobile phones should
be accompanied by equally widespread availability of facilities to use
During this inauguration of this 'e-diriya' national IT literacy
initiative, MP Namal Rajapaksa also launched the website
Presenting of a laptop to R. M. Shivanti of St. Joseph's Girls'
Mahavidyalaya, Kegalle who brought fame to Sri Lanka by winning a silver
medal at the Commonwealth Youth Sports Meet 400 metre race also took
place in this occasion.