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Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development declare opening the 22nd "Divineguma" Industrial Exhibition held at St. Thomas' College, Matara on Saturday (20) said that many facilities had been extended to the poor including the "Samurdhi" beneficiaries through the "Divineguma" Bill. The Minister added that he will not speak much about the Divineguma Bill as it has now been referred to Court.
The Industrial Exhibition held at Matara had been organized as the 22nd of such series of exhibitions conducted island-wide under "Divineguma" programme by the Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Development, . Douglas Devananda, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development and Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development participated as Chief Guests.
Speaking further, the Minister said that Douglas Devananda, named by his government as the "Uncrowned King" of the North had been entrusted with the implementation of the "Divineguma" programme, drawn up to uplift the living standard of the poor of the country through development of domestic as well as small and medium scale industries. He also said that the Ministry of Douglas Devananda with 5 other line Ministries were engaged in organizing industrial exhibitions island-wide.
The Minister requested those desirous of commencing their own industries to tender their applications on the last day of the exhibition to in order to obtain training, technology and bank loans to commence their industries.
He also added that he was of the hope that people in Matara district would make use of this golden opportunity to better their lives.
V. Sivagnanasothy, Secretary to the Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development said that Minister Devananda was not a person who liked talking much, but was a person who gave priority to work at all times. He also said that the President had entrusted the implementation of "Divineguma" programme, a major development programme of the Government, drawn up for development of domestic, traditional and small and medium scale industries to his Ministry. Accordingly, his Ministry with 5 other line Ministries and 16 institutions operating under the purview of these Ministries had resorted to provide training, technology, bank loans to those desirous of commencing their own industries.