Over 10,000 families to benefit from re-awakening project
Rs. 2.5 million has been allocated under the re-awakening project to
improve the livelihood of over 10,500 conflict-affected families in the
Batticaloa district. This was made known at a ceremony held to launch
the project last week at the Hindu College, Batticaloa.
Minister of Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure, Susantha
Punchinilame said the concept of this project is different and it has
given authority to the people in those areas to select suitable projects
needed by them. Funds have already been allocated for these projects.
Minister of Disaster Relief Services Amir Ali said let us forget the
past and now peace has dawn in the East. Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims
should get-together and create harmony by alleviating poverty in the
The newly elected Batticaloa Municipal Council Mayor, Padmini
Prabhakaran said, people in the East can help in implementing projects
designed by them. They have proved it by the ballot and it was a clear
signal to the whole world that we need peace and development and not
The Project Director, P. H. Sugathadasa said, the aim of the project
is to help people in conflict affected areas in the Northern and Eastern
provinces to improve their livelihood.
Under this project it was the community who decided, planned and
implemented all projects and not the authorities, he said. With the
completion of this project rural infrastructure facilities will be
improved, more arid lands will be irrigated, the agricultural produce
and income of people in these areas will also increase. Those who were
newly re-settled with the restoration of peace in the East will benefit
from the project.