President Maithripala Sirisena requests all the Sri Lankans to plant a sapling at the dawn of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year to fulfill the responsibility as citizens towards the environmental conservation.
The President further said that the importance of the environmental conservation has been identified by the whole world not only by us. He made these remarks addressing the concluding ceremony of the ‘Rata Wenuwen Ekata Sitimu’ (Let’s be together) national development programme.
In accordance with the instructions and guidance of President Miathripala Sirisena, the Presidential Secretariat commenced the Programme of Ekata Sitimu (Let’s be together) with the aim of monitoring the implementation of national development projects such as Gramashakthi Programe, National Drug Prevention Programme, Protect Children National Programme, National Chronic Kidney Prevention Programme, National Food Production Programme and Environment Protection Programme and special development projects and various programmes implemented by the different Ministries ensure that they are implemented efficiently and productively for the benefit of the public.
The second phase of ‘Rata Wenuwen Ekata Sitimu’ (Let’s be together) national development programme was launched on April, 08 targeting Batticaloa District. The second phase of the project held covering all (14) Divisional Secretariats in Batticaloa District.
Several programmes implemented at today’s concluding ceremony held under the patronage of the President. Distribution of 5000 coconut saplings and 5000 cashew trees among the people in the district, granting of self employment loan facilities to selected families, granting of housing loan facilities for war heroes, distribution of school equipment under the Sustainable School Development programme, granting of Farmers’ Pension benefits, granting financial assistance for religious places, presenting of equipment to develop hospitals, providing of drinking water and sanitation facilities and many other programmes were held today.
Speaking further, the President said that the Eastern Province is the largest source of illegal drugs and the government is expecting the assistance of the people of the area to strengthen the raids.
The President Sirisena also expressed his satisfaction that the Presidential Task Force established for the development of the North and East in nowadays in a more efficient manner.
Minister Mr. Gayantha Karunathilake, State Minister Mr. Ameer Ali, Governor of the Eastern Province Mr. A.L.M. Hizbulla, Governor of Western Province Mr. Azad Sali, Member of Parliament Mr. S. Wiyendran, Mr. J.B. Srination, Mr. Jogeshwaran, and public representatives, Secretary to the President Mr. Udaya R. Senevirathne, and secretaries to the Ministers, public officials, IGP Mr. Pujitha Jayasundara and Officers of the Armed Forces were also presented on this occasion.
Meanwhile, ‘Smart Sri Lanka’ Batticaloa District Career Guidance Center also opened for the future of youth today.
Meanwhile, ‘Smart Sri Lanka opened its doors for the future of youth and opened the Batticaloa District Career Guidance Center at the Circular Networking Center today.
The President also unveiled the plaque and opened the Career Guidance Center along with an observation tour of the project. Director General of the ‘Smart Sri Lanka’, Mr. Eric Weerawardhana also participated in this event.