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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2554

Sri Lanka government launched Livelihood Development Plans in Hambantota

Sunil C. Perera and George de Silva - Reporting from Sri Lanka.

Colombo, 15 June, (Asiantribune.com): Minister Chamal Rajapaksha says that the government of Sri Lanka will promote self-employment projects and huge investment projects in the Hambantota district to boost the rural economy.

Speaking to media, the Minister said that the government would promote these projects to improve agriculture and obtain assistance of the rural youth to develop the southern province.

Minister Rajapaksha made these observations at the launching of the four Divisional Livelihood Development Plans (DLDPs) , which was prepared by the Livelihood Division of the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) with assistance from the International Labor Organization (ILO).The ceremony was held in Hambantota on Monday.

The four DLDPs are a part of thirty five development plans, which would assist to restore livelihoods and expedite development among the Tsunami affected communities, RADA’s Director Livelihood, Kaushal Rajapaksa said.

The first DLDP was ceremoniously launched in Habaraduwa, in the Galle District last Month.

Each DLDP studies the needs of the affected communities and identify gaps that could be filled by multi stakeholder assistance in combination with ongoing development assistance.

.The four DLDPs, which have been developed for the Divisions of Aambalantota, Tangalle, Hambantota and Tissamaharama and the Divisional Secretary of Hambantota presented the report to Chamal Rajapaksa, Minister of Agricultural Development, also the chief guest at the launching ceremony.

Speaking on this occasion, representatives of local and international NGOs agreed to assist these projects by providing funds, technical guidance and experts. They said that they need government assistance to sort out prevailing barriers.

- Asian Tribune -

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