Incentives to boost self-employment
The Government has given due recognition to people who take to
self-employment and has taken steps to help them, Postal Services
Minister Jeevan Kumaratunga told members of the Jeewana Liya Jathika
Sansadaya at the Madapatha Shailatharama Viharaya, Piliyandala, where
loans were provided to launch self-employment projects.
The Chief Incumbent of the Vihara Ven. Madapatha Nandarama Thera and
the representatives of the Regional Development Bank were also present.
He said that the Jeewana Liya Sansadaya was founded with a few members.
Today, it has become popular and the number of members has increased
and a sub-committee has been set up to help members.Minister Kumaratunga
said after he entered politics he was first appointed Deputy Samurdhi
During his tenure as Deputy Minister loans were given to rural people
to launch self-employment projects. Jeewana Liya also introduced various
programs for the village community. A large section of the people who
obtained loans achieved their goals.
We are ready to extend a helping hand to people who try to develop
themselves, he said.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa who has understood the value of women in
villages has drafted plans to get them involved in self-employment
programs. He has also initiated a large number of projects to develop
the country. Development of housing complexes, beautifying the cities
and developing roads are among them.
Villages are also being developed similar to cities, the Minister
He said that under the Mahinda Chinthana national development
concept, various programs such as providing loans, subsidies and
training have been launched to uplift the standard of living of women in
By getting women involved in the development process, the country's
economy will advance several-fold. Women play many roles in the family
such as looking after children and contributing to the economy through
self-employment, the Minister said.