Plantation sector too needs good roads -Muthu Sivalingam
Arumugam Thondaman who is also the Chairman of the District
Development Council, Nuwara Eliya at the recent meeting held at the
District Secretariat said that the discussions and deliberations, and
his speech in English or Tamil should be translated in Sinhala. The
others' speeches should be translated in to Tamil. He emphasised the
fact that the Tamil language is also an official language in the
country, and hence, it is of paramount importance, that all citizens
should understood each others language.
He said that those who attend these meetings should adhere to the
dress code and they should attend them properly attired maintaining the
dignity and decorum of the meetings.
The meeting was attended by the Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake, all
heads of departments, and officials of the local bodies, discussed all
development works in Wlapone, Hanguranketa, Kotmale and Nuwara
Eliya-Maskeliya areas. At the outset, the District Secretary D.G.P.
Kumarasiri explained some of the points relating to the entire district
which were underway.
He also said that some of the heads of departments in some areas have
not submitted the works completed or still to be done. Hence, he had
requested them to do so at an early date to keep the development meeting
The chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake emphasised the need of the heads
of departments to be present at this important meetings, rather than
The Deputy Minister of Economic Development and N.P. For Nuwara Eliya
Muthu Sivalingam, charged that carpeting of roads and developments of
highways undertaken in other areas, while there was a shortfall in the
plantation sector and he requested that such situations should be
The Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake said that there was no such
discrimination and he assured that he would take measures to rectify
them. However, Ekanayake said that the officers concerned should first
inform the coordinating committee, to enable them to pull up the heads
of departments concerned to rectify such shortcomings.
The Chief Minister also added that he was responsible for all
development works in the district, and as such he should be adequately
notified of any shortcomings and requirements in advance for him to take
measures to remedy them.