With their discipline and commitment, they will achieve success in this battle too, he told an awareness programme on ‘Gamperaliya’ at the Moneragala district secretariat.
The launch of ‘Gamperaliya’ takes place on June 22, with its first development exhibition due on August 16 in Moneragala.
25,000 houses without lavatories
The meeting of state officials was told that 25,000 houses in Moneragala district were without lavatory facilities.
Minister Samaraweera instructed his secretary Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga to immediately release Rs. 500 m to construct lavatories for them.
All sanitation requirements of the district’s people will be in place by the time the ‘Gamperaliya’ exhibition takes place there.
Speaking at the meeting, the minister said he was glad this development battle was launched from Uva, where the Wellassa battle took place 200 years ago.
Enterprise Sri Lanka
He also said Enterprise Sri Lanka is a programme that will transform the country into a paradise for entrepreneurs.
The ‘Gamperaliya’ exhibition raises public awareness on creating 100,000 rural entrepreneurs by 2020, he said.
Moneragala’s poverty level is 20.8 pc
Samaraweera noted that Moneragala’s poverty level stood at 20.8 per cent, whereas the national level figure was 6.4 pc.
Rs. 200 million each will be allocated to each divisional secretariat in the district for development activities, he said.
The required funding will be released through the district secretary to the divisional secretaries.