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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2346

Sri Lanka: Government launches livelihood development plans to assist tsunami affected community in Trincomalee

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 01 November, (Asiantribune.com): Government of Sri Lanka launched its Trincomalee Divisional Livelihood Development Plan [DLDP] to uplift living conditions of the tsunami-affected community by building back better their livelihood. Mr. S. Rangaraja, Chief Secretary North and East Province was the chief guest.

These plans covers Kuchchaveli, Muttur, Eachchilampattai, Kinniya and Town and Graverts of the Trincomalee District.

The Reconstruction and Development Agency [RADA], District/Divisional Administration of Trincomalee District and the International Labor Organization [ILO] have identified over 284 local community based projects and sectoral projects in the tsunami affected divisions.

According to the RADA Livelihood coordinator, Ranjith Abeyagunawardana these projects were identified with the direct involvement of communities, stakeholders and local government.

The RADA with the support of ILO conducted workshops and focal group discussions with all stakeholders and analyzed and updated available information at the district and national level. The special feature of all plans will be online world wide access at dldp.rada.gov.lk/livelihood to all projects and selection facilities for financial assistance by interested parties.

"We hope to obtain financial assistance to launch 286 livelihood development projects in these areas. But there are 75 priority projects .It needs over 700 million rupees , said Chief Technical Advisor of the ILO , Doekle Wielinga after the launching ceremony of the DLDP in Trincomalee on last Monday.

Speaking to media Mr.Wielinga said the ILO provides technical assistance in a planning process contributing sustainable livelihood reconstruction and development that guarantees participation, transparency and efficient coordination of livelihood projects.

There are 25 projects which related to Social protection and another 134 projects would improve infrastructure of these five divisional areas. The RADA gave its consideration on Economic Development of these divisions and identified 90 projects to improve economic development activities. The Information Management sector also receives best attention and the ILO official said they have 35 plans to catch INGOs to invest in this area.

Mr. Rangaraja commends the approach of RADA and ILO of making the plans consulting communities and appreciated for innovative mode of marketing the plans.

According to the INGOs and the NGOs, the area tsunami affected community need uplift their living conditions and generate income to face economic challenges.

The INGOs and NGOs in Sri Lanka said they have to study these priority areas to make their funding.

During the launching ceremony a tsunami affected masses exhibited their handicrafts and products.

- Asian Tribune -

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