Due to national leadership:
Revolutionary change in district development work
District development work which was progressing at snailís pace in
the past because the then national leadership rarely visited the
districts and officials laid out plans from their ivory towers in the
city, has now undergone a revolutionary change because the national
leadership is contributing towards it by playing an active role.
This is because President Mahinda Rajapaksa himself is attending
District Development Committee meetings held in the provinces and is
taking an active part in reviewing the progress attained and identifies
problems and obstacles and finds instant solutions to them, states
Additional Director General of Government Information Chandrapala
Liyanage in a message to mark the Presidentís participation
in the next Kalutara District Development Committee meeting.
The message said the Presidentís participation along with the
political leadership of the district has prodded officials to take an
active part in promoting development work by constantly monitoring their
The message said the total population of Kalutara district is
1,066,239. The total number of people suffering from abject poverty
amounted to 20 percent of its total population in 2002.
The fisheries industry, coconut and rubber industries are the
mainstay of the peopleís economy while there is a tourist industry
centred in Bentota, Aluthgama and Wadduwa areas.
The government has to provide roads, health, housing facilities and
school buildings apart from catering to the education and the needs of
teachers and provide food security to cater to the needs of the people.
The Kalutara district is now proceeding towards a new development
direction under the tenure of the present government.
Land in extent of 3,044 acres were provided with irrigation
facilities under minor irrigation works between 2006 and 2009.Another 58
projects were also completed under irrigation development. 3,384
projects have been completed at a cost of Rs 1,534.2 million under
Jathika Saviya Gama Neguma programme during the 2006-2010 period.
Another 21,675 projects were completed under the Samurdhi programme
and 2,289 projects under the Budget scheme. Vast development has also
been achieved in the Janasevana housing and road development sectors.
The government has also paid attention towards accelerating the Kalu
Ganga flood protection scheme.