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Uva to be rid of illicit alcohol, drugs: Governor

The Uva Governor's Office would cooperate with the government in carrying out its plans for the development of the country, effectively, Uva Province Governor Marshala Perera said.

He said that the office would make every effort to eradicate illicit alcohol and narcotics from the province, especially in the Badulla and Moneragala districts, in line with the national programme Mathin Nidahas Ratak (a country free of alcoholism).

He was speaking at a media briefing held at his office. The governor added that the programme will be utilised at public places and government schools of the two districts and there will be leaflets, posters, banners, and street dramas on the topic as well.

The Uva Provincial Governor’s Office will also take measures to strengthen the national Grama Shakthi programme. It will back all government agencies working for the effective implementation of the programme's activities throughout the Uva Province.

The topmost government organisation in the Uva Province will be with the local communities trying to change their current economic climate into a better one, in order to cooperate with the government in making the Graama Shakthi programme success.

Meanwhile, attention has been drawn to the government initiatives aimed at popularising home-gardening, organic farming, the production of vegetables and fruits free from harmful substances, and the highest possible reduction in household expenditure as a means to economic development.

There will be a cluster of rural communities throughout the areas around Badulla and Moneragala where there are voluntary community groups with revolving funds to be utilised in improving the economy of the neighborhood.

Further, the Uva Provincial Governors’ office has deemed it worthwhile to prioritise the national campaign that keeps the country clean and tidy, and it would take any action deemed necessary to that end.

It has also prioritised the necessity of doing whatever possible to mitigate the wild elephant-human conflict in the Uva provincial areas bordering the natural wildlife habitats.

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