Minister assures better future for rural industries, arts | Daily News


Minister assures better future for rural industries, arts

Rural Industrial Promotion State Minister Prasanna Ranaweera recently met industrialists and assured them that a sustainable programme will be set up involving responsible state agencies on issues affecting rural industrialists.

The Minister brought rural industrialists and artisans to his ministry separately to discuss their issues and proposals and thereafter met the industrialists and artisans who could not participate in the discussions.

Minister Ranaweera inspected the Kelaniya Waragoda Ceramics Institute, Yakkala Weeragula Clay Village, Galigamuwa Ballapana Clay Village, Kegalle Molagoda Clay Village, Pilimatalawa Brass Village, Kandy Polgolla Batik Training Centre, Mahiyanganaya Hebarawa and Dadehigolla Clay Village, Bibila, Nagala Wicker Village, Ikiriyangala Clay Village, Aiwala wicker factory, Nannanpurawe wicker training centre and the Udawalawe Kovulara Ceramic Training Centre.

Industrialists and artisans said that Prasanna Ranaweera was the only minister who had come to their village to inquire about the problems they were facing even though they have been in the industry for generations.

The industrialists also stated that their main problem was the legal hurdles they had to face in procuring and transporting the raw materials. The Minister said that their issues will be resolved soon.

Minister Ranaweera assured that the issues will be discussed with President Gotabaya Rajapaka. “The Ministries and Departments including Environment, Wildlife, Forest Reservoir, Geology and Mining and the Police will be consulted to formulate a sustainable programme to protect and preserve rural industries,” he said.

The Ministry officials, National Crafts Council Chairman, its officials and local political representatives participated.


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