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India pumps Rs 50 mn for two craft villages

 Buddhi Keerthisena


India will invest Rs. 50 million to build two craft villages in the South and the North in a bid to assist the craft industry in Sri Lanka.

According to an official from the Indian Embassy the first craft village which has already been built will be opened in Tissamaharama next month .

“The village spanning over one acre will also have training facilities and is expected to be among key places of visit for tourists passing the area”, she said.

The second village will be built in the Jaffna city on a half an acre land. This facility is expected to be ready by the end of the year and it will also have hostel facilities for craftsmen.

“We hope this village will give an opportunity for craftsmen involved in the trade to display their products here and have a better market.”

Former National Crafts Council Chairman Buddhi Keerthisena said he has been lobbying for this for a long time and thanked India for shouldering the financial burden.

He said that he hopes the Tourism Ministry too would come forward to popularise the two centers among foreign visitors.

There are over 21,000 craftsmen that have registered with the National Crafts Council. 


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