- Published on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 09:26
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The government allocates Rs 60,000 million annually for the rapid development of selected areas in conjunction with the annual Deyata Kirula National Development Exhibition. Hence, Deyata Kirula is not merely an exhibition or display, but an occasion that brings massive overall development to rural areas of the country as part of the national development drive.
This was stated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the opening ceremony of the 7th Deyata Kirula National Development Exhibition at Ampara Hardy Higher Technology Institute on Saturday.
He said that the government’s objective is to develop the country by developing the village. He said that the national development should flow to all parts of the country without any discrimination and without confining development to urban areas as it was the tradition of the past governments.
The President said that Ampara has been selected as the venue for this year’s development drive since not only Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities live in the area but Adi Vasis also live in the region in a friendly manner.
Speaking further the President said the exhibition also gives an idea of development to the children to accept the responsibility of the future since there is no peace without development and no development without peace. He said that apart from infrastructure development that comes with Deyata Kirula all other sectors including health, education, transportation, farming, living standards and many more are developed parallel to the exhibition.
The President also said Ampara was badly affected by terrorism, which brought disaster to the entire country, and owing to this the development of the Eastern province was lagging for decades until the country was liberated through the humanitarian mission. Not only the Buddhist monks at Aranthalawa but Muslim devotees praying at Mosques were also brutally killed by terrorists. The President said that all the three communities are experiencing and enjoying the peace dividend in the East at present.
The President said that the era of children fearing to go to schools, and parents hiding their children in forest enclaves to avoid being abducted for use as child soldiers is over and the educational activities have revived in the East. The Chairman of the Deyata Kirula National Development Exhibition Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya also spoke at this function. (niz)