Grama Shakthi will be operative in 1000 villages

Grama Shakthi will be operative in 1000 villages

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Plans are afoot to launch the Grama Shakthi Movement within the 1000 Grama Seva Divisions carrying forward programme mooted by President Maithripala Sirisena for the alleviation of poverty. A gathering to apprise the media of this initiative was held today under the patronage of Secretary to the President Austin Fernando.
Many programmes are being implemented under the Grama Shakthi movement. They include environmental conservation, prevention of narcotics, sustainable school development, prevention of kidney diseases religious activities and arts and culture. Initially it is intended to implement it in 1000 villages. The Uva Provincial Operations Committee will begin under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena on the 21st of this month.
President’s Secretary Austin Fernando said that 13 Projects will be launched under the guidance of the Presidential Secretariat. These will deal on various subjects. The President has declared 2017 for the alleviation of poverty and all these projects are part of it.
President’s Additional Secretary Jayantha Wijeratne said that fully developed One thousand Grama Niladhari Divisions will be selected under the first stage. Year by year 1000 more Grama Niladhari Divisions will be added. He said that by 2020 a minimum of at least 5000 Grama Niladhari Divisions will be developed.