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Two inaugural ceremonies were held in Kilinochchi and Jaffna recently to mark the distribution of 10,000 bicycles donated by the Indian Government amongst the low income earning families in these two districts, under the patronage of Douglas Devananda, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development. The MInister extended his gratitude to the Indian Government on behalf of the government and the people of the North for their unstinted contributions made towards the development of the Northern and Eastern provinces since redeeming the two regions from the tight grip of terrorism.
The ceremony in Jaffna was held at Nallur Divisional Secretariat and the one in Kilinochchi was held in Kilinochchi Iyakachchi College. Speaking further, the Minister has said that the Major General G.A. Chandrasiri, the Governor of the North and he requested the Indian Government to provide with 10,000 bicycles to improve the living standard of the low income earning families in the two districts to coincide with the “Uthuru Vasanthaya” programme of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
He also said that these bicycles were donated to the President for the purpose sought, on a decision arrived at by Manmohan Singh, the Indian Prime Minister. The Minister instructed the officials to distribute the bicycles to the most deserving and if any mistakes had been made in preparing the lists of distribution, to correct them forthwith.
At the inaugural session, the Minister distributed 100 bicycles at each ceremony held, and said that according to the schedule drawn up, 1500 bicycles would be distributed in Jaffna district, 2500 in Kilinochchi district, 1750 in Vavuniya district, 2500 in Mullaitivu district and 1750 in Mannar district.
Major General, G. A. Chandrasiri, Governor of the North speaking at the two ceremonies held, extended his sincere thanks to the Indian High Commissioner Ashok Metha and the Indian Government on behalf of the people of the North for the invaluable contribution made to ease out the difficulties experienced by the low income earners of the North.
Mahalingam, Deputy Indian High Commissioner; Mrs. Yogeswari Patkunarajah, Mayor of Jaffna , Mrs. Rubini Varathalingam, Additional Government Agent Jaffna, participated at the ceremony held in Nallur Divisonal Secretariat whilst Mrs. Rupawathy Ketheeswaran, The Government Agent Kilinochchi and several government officials participated at the ceremony held in Kilinochchi.