Nat Prog initiated without wasting country’s Wealth – Prime Minister


Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, who is also the Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government, said the ‘National Programme for Rapid Empowerment of Grama Niladhari (GN) Divisions, as Centres for Rural Economic Revival’, was initiated by involving all parties from Grama Niladhari Division level without wasting the country’s wealth.

The Prime Minister said that this national programme should be implemented with the cooperation of not only the public sector, but also all parties at the village level, including the private and cooperative sectors, as well as the political authority.

The Prime Minister was participating in the inaugural discussion to instruct the relevant government officials, including the District Secretaries across the country, to launch the ‘National Program for Rapid Empowerment of Grama Niladhari Divisions to function as Rural Economic Revitalisation Centres.  Economic revitalisation committees are also appointed at the Divisional Secretariat level, as well as the economic revitalisation and food security committees are appointed in each Grama Niladhari Division. This process will be monitored by a national committee.

This programme is being launched to ensure rapid re-strengthening of the rural economy as well as national food security in the country. Accordingly, it is proposed to transform the economy of the country in the next two years by strengthening the relationship between the public sector and the private, cooperative and non-governmental sectors.

It is also planned, under this national programme, to constantly monitor the agricultural, small and medium scale businesses of all families as well as the health status, poverty eradication and nutrition enhancement etc. through an e-data system.

Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake, Prime Minister’s Adviser Dr. Suren Batagoda, Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government M. M.P.K. Mayadunne, Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources R. M. Ratnayake, Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture M.B.R. Pushpakumara and high level public officials including Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara District Secretaries participated in the initial discussion. All other District Secretaries joined this discussion through Zoom.