Government has introduced immediate development projects to uplift the infrastructure facilities in rural areas, based on the mid-term economic policy presented by the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on 5 November 2015.
On par with this programme themed ‘Development to the Village’, the government has planned to develop the infrastructure facilities in 13, 305 rural area with the allocation of Rs13,300 million.
According to the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Niroshan Perera, the development activities in 10,600 villages are underway following the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
In implementing the projects, the committees comprised of the heads of the rural organizations will be established to identify the projects that should be given priority, bring benefits for the majority of the people, improve the livelihoods of the people, and generate new job opportunities for the area. The selected projects will be allocated provisions by the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs after they are approved by the Divisional and the District Coordination Committees. The Divisional Secretariats will play the major role in drafting estimates, inviting bids, handing over contracts, and inspecting the constructions.
Community based water supply projects, power supply projects, rural roads, bridges, culverts, and minor irrigation projects will also be carried out under this programme.