'Vishwakarma' Honorary Awards in Hambantota and Matara districts
The National Craft Council awarded nine craftsmen with the "Vishwakarma"
Honorary Award at a programs empowering craftsmen held in Matara and
Hambantota districts recently. Over two thousand craftsmen participated
at the event, which is scheduled to be held covering all parts of the
"As President Mahinda Rajapaksa pays special attention to the
handicraft sector, these craftsmen should be given due respect by the
society as they are the people who carry the glory of the country to the
International level" said Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Yapa
Abeywardene, who addressed the event at Weligama, Matara. He mentioned
thus awarding the craftsmen with the "Vishwakarma" award, a program
organised by the National Crafts Council to to make them receive the
respect they deserve.
Buddhi Keerthisena, Chairman of the National Crafts Council said that
after 2005, the National Crafts Council showed a huge success in it's
activities and procedure and it was president Mahinda Rajapaksa who
implemented programs to upgrade the livelihood of the craftsmen by
allocating millions of funds through the national treasury and
developing crafts villages strengthening local and International
exhibitions. He said that the president has advised to corroborate with
the Urban Development Authority in implementing sales centers in Colombo
and main cities of the country in 2015 to get foreign exposure and sell
handicrafts. The president has also said that he would take measures for
solving problems of the craftsmen. Keerthisena further added the
president's interest in this field would create a golden age to the
handicraft sector in the country.
Chief Guest Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane,
provincial councillor of the Weligama Urban Council Ms. Thakshila
Damayanthi, Mr. Ananda Kotadeniya, chief manager of the regional
development bank (Head Office), officials of the Handicrafts federation
graced the event held in Matara. Mr. Ananda Kotadeniya of RDB, Secretary
of provincial industries Mr. Padma Kulaasooriya and several other
invitees participated at the event held in Hambantota.