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President focusses attention on progress in development in the North and East

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 8, 2018 19:23

President focusses attention on progress in development in the North and East

The Special Presidential Task Force appointed by the President for the development of the North and East met today for the fourth time under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. It was operative actively in the Northern and Eastern Provinces within the last two months. The President expressed his satisfaction over the progress it has achieved.
The President appointed this Special Presidential Task Force in August this year to immediately make prosperous civilian life in the North and East that suffered setbacks during the long period of war. This Task Force met today for the fourth occasion. The Task Force is looking into the progress of development projects operative in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. It also draws up plans with respect to new projects that should be further implemented. The new development projects are operative considering the priority needs and targeting individual groups.
The President said that the new programme would be implemented with strength in the future. In this context the President called on all factions to be collective in fulfilling their responsibilities. Attention was drawn to streamlining the drinking water supply projects in the North and East and immediate programmes that should be mooted in this respect.
Provincial Governors presented issues that had cropped with regard to development and information on the needs of the people. It was revealed that 79.1 percent of state lands which were under the security forces in the North and East and 90.2 percent of private lands had been released. There were schools including the Nadeshwara Vidyalaya and economic hubs such as the Mylady Fisheries Harbour among such released lands.
Special attention was directed to road development programmes mooted in these areas. The progress in the reconstruction of the Madhu Sacred area as well as more special development projects including the Elephant Saltern was also considered.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 8, 2018 19:23