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Gamperaliya uplifts Galle

Transforming hamlets into modern villages:
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe unveils the plaque to mark the inauguration of the new building complex at the Thawalama Vidyaraja National School.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe unveils the plaque to mark the inauguration of the new building complex at the Thawalama Vidyaraja National School.

Veteran writer Martin Wickramasinghe in his renowned novel Gamperaliya depicted the break up of traditional village life due to the impact of modernisation. It was about the gradual subversion of the traditional economic and social structure of the village by the commercial culture of the city.

Contemporary Sri Lankan society is also experiencing a notable change in their villages following the rapid development programmes launched under the initiative termed as Gamperaliya by the present government. However, current changes taking place in villages are quite different from the collapse of the aristocratic social fabric in Southern villages in the 1890s, which was portrayed in Martin Wickramasinghe’s novel.

Under the Gamperaliya programme or the Rapid Rural Development Programme (RRDP) implemented by the government to support the livelihood of people and the acceleration of economic growth linked with improving quality of infrastructure of the country, many backward villages in the Galle district have benefitted socially and economically.

According to the Galle District Planning Secretariat, under the Gamperaliya programme, 6,201 projects were approved to be implemented in the 10 electorates of the district. Many of those projects have already been initiated. Authorities plan to complete work on all these scheduled projects before August 31. The total estimated budget allocated for these projects is Rs. 2,265 million.

In the above budget, Rs. 32 million has been assigned for 41 village tank and anicut rehabilitation projects, while Rs. 37 million has been allocated to renovate 10 small bridges which have already been identified. Moreover, Rs. 54 million and Rs. 87 million have been approved for the uplift of sanitary facilities in schools and the development of playgrounds in the district, respectively.

Similarly, massive amounts of funds have been reserved for diverse development projects in the district that include the development of weekly fairs, children’s parks, the provision of electricity to houses and renovation of places of worship.

Commenting on the progress of the Gamperaliya programmes, the Galle District Planning Secretariat said that 1,829 rural road rehabilitation projects have already been started and work is in progress. When the projects are completed, they will be vested in the public by the regional political representatives. Accordingly, 265 rural road restoration projects in Hikkaduwa, 88 in Imaduwa, 62 in Karandeniya, 134 in Nagoda, 72 in Neluwa, 122 in Galle, Four Gravets, 28 in Gonapinuwala, 97 in Niyagama and 69 in Thawalama Divisional Secretariat areas are nearing completion.

The Planning Secretariat further said that Rs. 1,312 million was invested on all the above projects and the work will be completed in a few months. Under the Gamperaliya programme, the Galle district has been granted Rs. 2,139 million. A number of Gamperaliya projects completed in the Bope-Poddala Divisional Secretariat were recently inaugurated under the auspices of Internal and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Vajira Abeywardena.

On June 21, several development projects completed under the RRDP programme were inaugurated under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe following a series of functions in the Hiniduma electorate in Galle.

The office complex with all modern amenities and facilities constructed at the Thawalama Divisional Secretariat was inaugurated under the patronage of the Prime Minister. The new building complex constructed with the aim of ensuring a more efficient and restructured public service is supplemented with a fully-fledged auditorium and a spacious vehicle park. The project cost Rs. 595 million.

During his visit to Hiniduma, the Premier opened a building complex at the Thawalama Vidyaraja National School and the Hiniduma Mallika Vidyalaya which are in the Thawalama Divisional Secretariat.

The building complex in the Thawalama Vidyaraja National School cost Rs. 300 million and the building in the Hiniduma Mallika Vidyalaya cost Rs. 150 million.

The Prime Minister also distributed 1,881 Samudhi Gift Cards among new Samurdhi beneficiaries. The newly established Suraksha Centre for providing shelter for the victims of natural disasters at Thawalama Sri Shashanodarama temple was vested in the public under the patronage of the Prime Minister. The Asian Development Bank provided funds amounting to Rs. 57 million for the project.

Ministers Gayantha Karunathilaka and Vajira Abeywardena, Galle District Parliamentarian Wijepala Hettiarachchi and regional politicians participated in the ceremonies.


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