Houses, infrastructure in full swing in North
Post Office building at Nedunkerny
Providing livelihood, housing and infrastructure to over 300,000
displaced people of the Northern Province remains the main focus of the
UPFA Government since the elimination of terrorism four years ago.
Democracy has been restored in almost all local government bodies in the
province. Elections to the Northern Provincial Council is also round the
corner. Over the past four years, a colossal amount of money has been
allocated for the implementation of several mega projects for the
restoration of democratic governance; for restoration of law and order;
to promote socio-economic welfare of resettled families and for the
prosperity of the region, which include projects for infrastructure
provision, livelihood, housing, health, education and transport.
The funds were allocated by the relevant cabinet ministries and the
provincial administration while the projects were being implemented by
the relevant implementing agencies. The Northern province is now on the
path to its former glory as a region of agriculture, commerce and
education. Virtually all have returned to their villages or former
places of residence and to their his traditional professions.
In this backdrop, the Sunday Observer looks into the district-wise
development activities in all areas based on figures from the provincial
administration, the District Development Unit of the Government
secretariat and other relevant authorities on the basis of one district
every week during the next five weeks.
Major development programs were launched after the elimination of
LTTE terrorism. These programs were accelerated after the visit of
President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the province consequent to the military
victory and have made much headway instilling in the minds of the people
new hopes for their future, prosperity and welfare. Paddy cultivation is
undertaken in an extent of 18,544 Ha and the annual production has
reached 83,000 tonnes. All abandoned arable lands have been cleared and
utilised for cultivation. The targeted achievement of paddy cultivation
by the year 2016 is 129,200 tonnes . This target is projected to be
achieved through renovation of a more number of irrigation tanks,
increased distribution of quality seed paddy, use of organic fertiliser
and more efficient irrigation technology, according to reports of the
Vavuniya Secretariat.Focus has been laid on increasing agricultural
productivity primarily because it is an agricultural region with fertile
soil and irrigation facilities.
Rehabilitation of Iretaperiyakulam - Puttur Road
The cultivation of paddy and Other Field Crop (OFC) have been
undertaken in larger areas after clearing abandoned arable lands. Banks
and post offices are functioning in the city and its suburbs. Fruit crop
cultivation at present is 10,700 tonnes and this is targeted to be
increased to 24,000 tonnes by the year 2016. Vegetable cultivation is
presently undertaken in a land area of 30 Ha. And this is also projected
to be increased many fold by the year 2016.
The other methods for increasing production of OFC will include
improved varieties of seed and planting materials and providing the
necessary machinery to the farmers. A 'chilli special expansion program'
will be implemented to reduce the import of chilli. Seven acres of land
in Navi, one acre in Kanagarayankulam and 57 acres in Kallaru have been
earmarked for initially introducing the program. The Government Seed
Production Farm has enough stocks of mangoes, grafted mangoes, oranges,
lime, jak, papaw, drum sticks, and vegetable seedlings. The farm
expenditure is Rs. 4.3 Mn, farm income is Rs.5.67 Mn and the stock in
hand is worth Rs. 3.00 Mn.
According to reports of the Director of Development for the district,
all disconnected, damaged and dilapidated highways and roads, including
rural roads, have been renovated and rehabilitated. As on 31.12.2012, a
total amount of Rs. 25,349.611 Mn was allocated for various projects. Of
this amount Rs. 13,151.837 Mn has already been spent by the relevant
project implementing agencies in the implementation process as at end of
The remaining work under the projects is continuing. The allocations
include allocations from the Ministry of Economic Development under the
'Divineguma', Re-awakening and 'Pura Neguma' road development projects,
the Decentralised Capital Budget(DCB), North-East Community Development
Projects, NRCP Road projects, Conflict Affected Region Emergency (CARE)
road development projects, CARE Irrigation projects, Road Development
Authority (RDA) China-funded projects, Dry Zone Urgent Water Supply
Projects, Japanese-funded projects, Irrigation (Central and Provincial)
projects, Zonal Education Director's projects, CEB 'Vadakkin Vasantham'
projects and Government Agent's projects.
As at the end of December 2012, an amount of Rs. 10,827.000 Mn has
been allocated for implementing 176 projects. The entire number of
projects has been completed and the expenditure has been recorded as Rs.
The projects include projects on Electricity, Education, Health,
Roads Development, Water Supply, Sports, Religious Activities, Social
Welfare, Fisheries and District Administration.Under the Rehabilitation
of School Buildings of the Zonal Director of Education, Vavuniya, Rs.
7.000 Mn has been allocated for 14 projects and the entire number of
projects has been completed.
Under the 'Re-awakening' projects of the Ministry of Economic
Development Rs. 333.392 Mn has been allocated for 130 projects (water
supply, buildings, flood damage rehabilitation, road development,
irrigation and livelihood capacity building) and 85 projects have
already been completed at an expenditure of Rs.133.698.