Rs. 28,044 mn to uplift 140,022 villages | Daily News


Rs. 28,044 mn to uplift 140,022 villages

Residents in each village should identify the development needs of the respective village with the guidance of the political authority in the area. When the rural community committee selects the most urgent development proposal, people themselves can supervise the project until its completion, Economic Affairs and Policy Development State Minister W. D. J. Seneviratne said.

He was addressing an awareness programme on the Government’s vision of prosperity and splendour attended by state officials in the Kahawatta Divisional Secretariat recently.

State Minister Seneviratne said Rs. 28,044 million had been allocated for development activities in all 140,022 villages in the country at the rate of Rs. 8,000,000 for each village for the four quarters of the year.

State Minister Seneviratne said the culture of schoolchildren attending school with the bottle of water slung on the shoulder should be changed. All schools did not have proper safe drinking water projects. Proper road and canal networks were not found in the villages today. This had created a vast development gap between the village and the city.

“The Government would implement a programme which would protect the rights of people. A new dialogue had cropped up in this regard under the vision of the Government led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Samurdhi committees inactivated during the previous regime would be re-activated to handle village development schemes,” he said.

State Minister Seneviratne said certain parliamentarians carried out development contracts in villages in the name of their cooks to hide their identity. People were not given an opportunity to inquire into their quality of progress.

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