Rs. 214 Billion spent for North/East Development
The government has allocated more than Rs 214 billion so far for the Uthuru Wasanthaya and the Neganahira Navodaya programmes aimed to develop the Northern and Eastern provinces devastated by the tiger terrorists.
The entire country has been placed on a rapid development drive, and the government has launched a large number of mega development projects that will bring benefits to all sectors of society. The road network was developed giving due priority to the national, provincial and rural needs. This has enabled the government to launch large infrastructure development projects such as Norochcholai thermal power plant, the Ruhunu Magampura Port, the Colombo-Katunayake expressway, the Southern expressway and the expansion of the Colombo harbour.
This was stated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the function held yesterday to release the 2012 Annual Report of the Central Bank. The report was handed over the President by the Governor of the Central Bank Mr. Ajith Nivad Cabral.
The President also pointed out that the government took speedy measures to develop agriculture, the fisheries sector and the small and medium industrial sector and launched large provincial development schemes bringing considerable investments to key sectors of public needs such as housing, drinking water, power, schools, health facilities and education.
The President said that as a result of proper management of the battle against terror, we were able to bring to an end a war that lasted through three decades. Similarly, with limited assets we were able to properly manage the economy.
The President said that all must work with great commitment to take these victories forward. He said that it is the expectation of the government to take the assets of this city to the village and to wipe out the gap between the village and the city. He said that in order to provide the same benefits enjoyed in the city, the village should be our singular target.
Several Ministers, Parliamentarians, and a large number of distinguished scholars and intellectuals attended the function.
Courtesy : Department of Government Information