Indian government supports North development:
Bicycles for low income families
Ten thousand bicycles were donated by the Indian government to be
distributed among low income earning families in the Northern Province.
The handing over ceremonies were held under the patronage of
Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Minister Douglas
The minister extended his gratitude to the Indian government on
behalf of the government and the people of the North for their
unstinting contribution towards the development of the Northern and
Eastern provinces since redeeming the two regions from terrorism.
The ceremony in Jaffna was held at the Nallur Divisional Secretariat
and the ceremony in Kilinochchi was held at the Kilinochchi Iyakachchi
The minister said North Governor Major General G A Chandrasiri and
himself requested the Indian government to provide 10,000 bicycles to
uplift the living standard of low income earning families in the two
districts to coincide with the Uthuru Vasanthaya programme. He said
these bicycles were donated to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on a decision
arrived at by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The minister instructed officials to distribute the bicycles to the
most deserving and if any mistakes were made in preparing the lists of
distribution, to correct them forthwith.
At the inaugural session, the minister distributed 100 bicycles at
each ceremony and said according to the schedule drawn up, 1,500
bicycles would be distributed in the Jaffna district, 2,500 in the
Kilinochchi district, 1,750 in the Vavuniya district, 2,500 in the
Mullaitivu district and 1,750 in the Mannar district.
Major General Chandrasiri extended his gratitude to the Indian High
Commissioner and the Indian government on behalf of the people of the
North for the invaluable contribution made to ease out the difficulties
experienced by low income earners of the North.Parliamentarian and
Parliament Committees Deputy Chairman Murugesu Chandrakumar said he
highly appreciated the help extended by the Indian government to uplift
the living standard of the war battered people in the North and East.
Deputy Indian High Commissioner Mahalingam and Jaffna Mayor Yogeswari
Patkunarajah also spoke. Additional Government Agent Jaffna Rubini
Varathalingam participated in the ceremony at the Nallur Divisional
Secretariat while Government Agent Kilinochchi and several officials
participated in the ceremony in Kilinochchi.