Two new garment factories that formed the Industrial Estate in the
Iyankerny Village in Earvoor, Batticaloa, were opened by President
Maithripala Sirisena last week. Special guests at the event included
Chief Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council, Nazeer Ahamed, who
initiated the Industrial Estate, Governor Eastern Province Austin
Fernando and leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Rauff Hakeem.
The two factories, handloom and garments, are expected to provide
employment for more than 500 youth in the Eastern Province and
Polonnaruwa. The two factories had been constructed at a cost of Rs. 200
million and follow an initiative by the Eastern Province Chief Minister
who invited local and foreign investors to take a chance on the East,
during the Economic Forum in Colombo early this year.
(Pix by Ashraff A. Samad)