Massive Development of Anuradhapura District under Sri Lanka’s Annual Deyata Kirula Exhibition
An ambitious massive programme to develop the infrastructure of the 22 Divisional Secretariat Divisions of the Anuradhapura and the adjoining Welioya Divisional Secretariat Division at a cost of Rs. 3,000 Million will be launched from next Monday (11th July) in conjunction with the “Deyata Kirula” (Crowning of the Nation) Exhibition 2012 to be held in the Anuradhapura District.
The Annual Exhibition programme of “Deyata Kirula” commenced in 2007. Initially this annual exhibition was started on the instruction of President Mahinda Rajapaksa as a measure to enlighten the people of the massive operation against the terrorists being carried out by the government and in order to garner people’s support for this operation since people’s support for the war was very low as they have been totally misled by the anti-war propaganda of the vicious politicians and the dollar hungry NGO activists and the people used to believe in the negative propaganda that the war cannot be won, the LTTE is a powerful terrorist organization that cannot be defeated and the government was spending huge sums of money on an unwinnable war.
The objective of the Exhibition at that time was to enlighten the masses about the dedication and sacrifices being made by the security forces, to highlight the gains being made by them and the importance of carrying out the war up to an end.
The first exhibition in 2007, the second in 2008 and the third in 2009 in the months of February were held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Hall (BMICH) in Colombo, when bombs were being blasted in Colombo and other places and people were dying in large numbers due to these inhuman activities. Millions attended these exhibitions which largely helped to change the thinking of the people and extend their fullest support to the war operation.
However, after winning the war the President instructed the Exhibition Committee to shift the venue of the Exhibition to outside of Colombo and accordingly the 2010 Exhibition of the post war Sri Lanka was held in Kandy, which was the glorious and the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings. For the first time development activities were also combined with the Exhibition and accordingly many roads and other infrastructure facilities were developed.
Thereafter, political leaders in many districts clamored to hold the Exhibition in their respective districts. However, on the expressed instruction of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Moneragala District, which fired the first salvo against the British occupation in 1818, and which had undergone an unprecedented blood bath in the country unleashed by the British Imperialist forces in which all male population over 16 years of age were brutally killed, all paddy fields and other crops destroyed and all fruit bearing trees were uprooted, and all domestic animals were killed, was selected as the venue for holding the Exhibition in 2011.
The government allocated Rs, 1,500 Million for the development of infrastructure of the Moneragala district in conjunction with the Exhibition, and together with the assistance provided by State and Commercial Banks, and other private sector organizations, roads, hospitals, water supply, irrigation, and electricity facilities, schools, community centres and other facilities in the district which were neglected even after Sri Lanka gaining independence from the Britishers were developed. 2 Million People, one in every 10 Sri Lankans attended the 2011 Exhibition held in Buttala of the Moneragala district.
Anuradhapura district has been selected as the venue for the 2012 National Exhibition, because it was the people in this district that suffered most from the terrorist activities and that prevented the terrorists from making incursions into other areas. During the terrorist period the farmers in the district had to carry guns and to go their fields and were enduring sleepless nights with the danger of sudden terrorist attacks.
In conjunction with the 2012 Exhibition arrangements have been made to launch at least one major project in each of the 22 Divisional Secretariat Divisions in the Anuradhapura District and also in the Welioya Divisional Secretariat Division. In addition to this roads from Mannar and Vavuniya to Anuradhapura will also be developed. The Exhibition will be held in Oyamaduwa of the Anuradhapura district.
Development weeks for each Divisional Secretariat Division will be carried out starting from the 11th of this month.
The first development week will be held at the Padaviya Divisional Secretariat Division from 11th to 17th of this month. In line with this development week programmes, mobile services in which all government departments will represent to solve the problems faced by the people of the district will also be held. The first such mobile service will be held on 16th and 17th of this month in the Padaviya Divisional Secretariat Division.
- Asian Tribune -