Briefing People’s Representatives, Government officials and community leaders on 567 'village-to-village and house-to-house' community services at electorate level scheduled to begin in the Badulla District next month was very successfully completed in eight electorates on yesterday (24) and today (25) presided over by Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.
People from 567 Grama Niladhari areas of 15 Secretarial Divisions of nine electorates in the Badulla District, Uva Province attended the briefings on identifying and solving community issues. Nearly 900,000 people live in the Badulla District and these mobile services will benefit the majority of them.
The participants in the briefings represented the Secretarial Divisions of Haputale, Haldummulla, Bandarawela, Ella, Uva-Paranagama, Welimada, Mahiyanganaya, Rideemaliyedda, Lunugala, Passara, Badulla and Haliela in the Badulla District. Nearly 1000 people attended each meeting which were held in the Cultural Hall Diyatalawa, St. Joseph’s Vidayalaya, Bandarawela, President’s College Ambagasdowa, Indrani Hall Welimada, President’s Cultural Centre Mahiyanganaya, Passara Madhya MahaVidyalaya, Simon Peiris Hall Badulla and the auditorium of the National School Haliela.
When identifying issues they will be categorised as individual and common. The public, People’s Representatives and Government Officials will work together in identifying priorities, planning according to the Government’s new approach to development. These be related to issuing of certificates and permits, social security, health, Divi Neguma, housing lands, common amenities, youth and women’s affairs, education, irrigation, religious activity among others. Every attempt will be made as far as possible to find solutions to the problems on the same day. Accordingly, wheel chairs, walking-aids, spectacles, sports goods, plants, animals, toilet equipment and items required for livelihood improvement will be among those provided to the people.
Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva and Dilan Perera, MPs Udith Lokubandara, Rohana Pushpa kumara, Chamika Buddhadasa and Vijith Berugoda, Chief Minister of Uva Provincial Shasheendra Rajapaksa, Provincial minister S. Thondaman, Baddula District Secretary Rohana Dissanayaka and other People’s Representatives, Government Agents and High-ranking Government Officials attended the above briefings beginning on Saturday.
The Government has also taken steps to extend the mobile services to Grama Seva Areas of 64 Secretarial Divisions in 29 electorates in the Ratnapura, Galle, Matara and Hambantota Districts within the next three months.
A scheme is launched to promote the consumption of fresh milk in the North Western Province under the Livestock Development Ministry and Milco Company. Fifty milk sales outlets in Kurunegala will be commissioned covering 14 electorates, said North Western Province Chief Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera.
The Highways, Ports and Shipping Ministry yesterday commenced four major road development projects estimated to cost the government around Rs.15,875 million, in line with the Mahinda Chinthana accelerated road development program.
Briefings will commence under Basil’s supervision on the 24th
Next month 886 rural mobile services to meet community needs will commence from village to village and house to house under the Mobile Services National Programme in the Badulla and Monaragala Districts. In this connection Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa will preside over the commencement 12 programs to brief people’s representatives and Government Officials on resolving people’s issues and empowering the people at elecorate level in the relevant districts on May 24, 25, 26 and June 7th.
As Sri Lanka’s trade with the virgin Eurasian market Belarus clocked $ 14 Mn, the gateway to the 170 Mn strong custom union wants to renew trade and business immediately -as early as in July. “With your assistance, we want to prepare fruitful projects with Sri Lanka. We propose a Joint Economic Commission with Sri Lanka as early as July 2014 to be held in Colombo, if possible. We also can formulate the first Belarus Business delegation to Colombo during this event as per your interest” said Vitaly Prima (the New Delhi based Ambassador of Belarus to Sri Lanka) on 22 May in Colombo.
The World Bank's International Development Association has approved a loan of 110 million dollars for a new project to improve the storage capacity of all irrigation reservoirs to face the impact of climate change.
The new project will be launched by the Irrigation and Water Resoruces Management Ministry to face the impact of climate change. The work is to be completed within 5 years.
Sri Lanka has one of the oldest traditional irrigation systems in the world, dating back as far as 500 BC. The early Sri Lankan society developed a system of irrigation tanks that retain river runoff mainly for the purpose of irrigation agriculture. Until today it provides many direct and indirect services for millions of people. Besides the production of rice the tanks provide goods such as fish, lotus flowers and roots that diversify household income. The seepage from the tanks maintains water quality in wells and is the main source for drinking water.
Since the 1970’s, the increasing demand for water in upstream areas for modern, large-scale agriculture and hydro-power has lead to the decline of water flow into the tank system and increased the sediment load and siltation. This together with the loss of traditional management practices caused a decline in the water holding capacity of the tank system, resulting in negative consequences for the livelihood of downstream users.
The Government of Sri Lanka formalized its commitment to host and support the “Integrated Conference of Better Air Quality (BAQ) 2014 and Intergovernmental 8th Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum in Asia” that will be held in Colombo in November this year. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy and Rohana Kumara Dissanayake, Deputy Minister of Transport were in Manila for the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the BAQ organizer, Clean Air Asia, represented by its Executive Director, Mr. Bjarne Pedersen.