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Nenasalas win national recognition



Deepika Priyadarshani receives the Professor V. K. Samaranayake Memorial Award from Minister Ranjit Siyambalapitiya. ICTA Chairman, Prof. P. W. Epasinghe looks on.

The ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) held the National Nenasala Felicitation Gold Award 2013, the Nenasala Pranama Swarna Sammana, recently to recognise the service rendered to the country by Nenasala owners and operators.

The Balangoda Nenasala in the Ratnapura district secured the topmost award, the Nenasala Pranama Swarna Sammana.

The next top award, the Professor V. K. Samaranayake Memorial Award was won by the Sooriyawewa Nenasala in the Hambantota district.

Nenasala owners Udesh Malikaratne and Deepika Priyadarshani received the awards from Telecommunication and IT Minister Ranjit Siyambalapitiya.

Twenty awards were awarded at district level to 'the best Nenasala of the district'.

There were 19 merit awards and in addition there was a Nenasala community award which was won by Kamal Chaturanga Gamage.

Chief guest, Minister Ranjit Siyamabalapitya said that the Nenasala project takes ICT to the people. Carrying out the Nenasala project was not an easy task. It was complex and had its share of problems. But due to ICTA pioneering the difficult task, the Nenasala projects today stand tall not only in Sri Lanka but internationally.

ICTA, CEO, Reshan Dewapura called upon Nenasala owners and operators to make use of resources to obtain the best results. The success of the project is proved by the presence here of owners and operators of nearly 700 Nenasalas.

"According to a global survey, the Nenasala project is a model for the world in telecentres. According to another survey more than 200,000 people use the Nenasalas every month. Today the Nenasala is popular. It is used by farmers, fishermen, the self-employed, the private sector, schoolchildren, teachers, vegetable vendors and foreign employment seekers on a regular basis.

It has become more useful with the link it has to the Lanka Gate and the Lanka Payment Portal," an ICTA spokesman said.

The launch of the book 'Nenasala: The Sri Lankan telecentre experience' by Shadrach Basheerhamad in English, along with the Sinhala and Tamil versions also took place.

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