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    Island-wide Mobile Services National Programme

    May 23, 2014

    Briefings will commence under Basil’s supervision on the 24th

    Next month 886 rural mobile services to meet community needs will commence from village to village and house to house under the Mobile Services National Programme in the Badulla and Monaragala Districts. In this connection Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa will preside over the commencement 12 programs to brief people’s representatives and Government Officials on resolving people’s issues and empowering the people at elecorate level in the relevant districts on May  24, 25, 26 and June 7th.

    Following the success of the Mobile Services National Programme held in the Kegalle, Kurunegala and Puttalam Districts from July 1 to December last year President Mahinda Rajapaksa has advised Minister Rajapaksa to extend the programme to cover all districts of the island.  

    Last year 2,731 public meetings and mobile relief services and 28 mobile services were conducted at electorate level in the above districts where 62 percent of the problems were solved then and there. Accordingly, people relief services and mobile services to identify community issues in 319 Grama Seva areas of 11 Secretarial Divisions in three electorates of the Monaragala District and 568 Grama Seva areas in 15 Secretarial Divisions of nine electorates of the Badulla District in the Uva Province have already been activated.  The majority of the 1.2 million population in the Province will benefit from these programs in which senior officials of 35 Ministries and heads of Uva Provincial Ministries and relevant institutions will participate.  

    In addition, the Government has made arrangements to conduct 2,696 Mobile Services in Grama Seva areas of 64 Secretarial Divisions of 29 electorates in the Ratnapura, Galle, Matara and Hambantota Districts within the next three months.On the 24the programmes will begin in Haputale, Bandarawela and Uva-Paranagama, on the 25th Mahiyangana, Passara, Badulla and Haliela, on the 26th in Wellawaya and Bibile and on June 7th in Monaragala and Viyaluwa.

    When identifying issues they will be categorised as individual and common. The public, People’s Representatives and Government Officials will work together in identifying priorities, planning according to the Government’s new approach to development. These be related to issuing of certificates and permits, social security, health, Divi Neguma, housing lands, common amenities, youth and women’s affairs, education, irrigation, religious activity among others.  Every attempt will be made as far as possible to find solutions to the problems on the same day. Accordingly, wheel chairs, walking-aids, spectacles, sports goods, plants, animals, toilet equipment and items required for livelihood improvement will be among those provided to the people.  

    Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Dilan Perera, Jagath Pushpakumara, Sumedha Jayasena, Vijithamuni Soysa and Lakhsman Seneviratne, MPs Udith Lokbandara, Rohana Pushpakumara, Vijith Berugoda and other People’s Representatives, Government Agents and High-ranking Government Officials will attend the above briefings beginning on 24th. (KH/SI)

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