He pointed out that through this initiative development for villages was directly possible.
He said this joining a programme under the Gamperaliya initiative in Matara.
The Matara Madiha, Mudun Ela renovation at a cost of Rs. 7 million was inaugurated by the Minister yesterday (19).
Difference in development then and now:
Addressing the function the Minister said, “ Every electorate receives the same development opportunities under the Gamperaliya programme. Every District Secretariat Division receives a grant of Rs. 200 million for the next few months of the year alone.
In the next budget more funds would be allocated for your village development. It is through this programme that the highest allocations were made for the development of rural villages under a short period.
I am not someone who likes to lay foundation stones. I have come to know that there were many foundation stones laid for this project in the past. Earlier the people were hoodwinked on the pretext of carrying out development.
The previous regime spent billions on roads in Hambantota where not even several vehicle travel on. Within two hours not even three vehicle ply on these roads. Yet those rulers did not pay attention to the tanks that were filled with silt. This is the difference in the development of today and the past.
Rs. 200 mil. For every DS division
Although we have allocated Rs. 200 million for every DS division, if the money is insufficient for a project we would certainly make additional allocations.
Under the Gamperaliya programme by the end of the year there won’t be any thatched roofed homes in the villages. There won’t be any home without electricity. The people would be able to see a true developmental change under the Gamperaliya programme,” the minister said.
The minister subsequently took part in the Matara Darul Ulum Maha Vidyalaya play ground development and sanitary facility development programme and the Kumbalgama tank exit stream development initiative.
The Treasury deputy secretary A.R. Deshapriya, Development Finance Department Director General A.M.P.M.B. Atapattu and a large gathering of villagers were present on this occasion.