Programmes to meet aspirations of downtrodden - Semasinghe
By M.A.P. Deen – Ampara Correspondent
State Minister of Samurdhi, Household economy, Micro Finance, Self Employment and Business Development, Shehan Semasinghe addressing Samurdhi beneficiaries at the Damana Samurdhi Auditium said the Government has drawn up programmes to meet the needs and aspirations of the downtrodden masses. “We will never cause inconvenience and hardship to them.
If issues or problems arise, they are all temporary” he said. “We are visiting all Districts and providing support to those who are leading a difficult life”, he said. Semasinghe during his tour of the Ampara District visited Dehiettakandiya and Mah Oya and inaugurated several projects, distributed equipment and machinery to those engaged in small scale projects and handed over cheques to beneficiaries to commence small scale projects under the Samurdhi Saubhagya Scheme. He was accompanied by DDC Chairman, W.D.Weerasinghe and Dr.Thilak Rajapaksa.
Semasinghe said despite the COVID pandemic, development work was going on unabated. Meanwhile, he said certain groups were criticising our development programmes and misleading the people. Hence he advised the public to be cautious about those who create unnecessary problems among innocent people. He appealed to them to extend their fullest co-operation to the Government to go ahead with its progressive measures.
MPs Weerasinghe and Dr. Thilak Rajapaksa and District Secretary D.M.L.Bandaranayake also addressed the gathering Cheques were handed over to the homeless to construct houses and provided equipment to selected beneficiaries under the Samurdhi Arunalu Livelihood Development Project.
District Director Samurdhi M.S.Safras and Divisional Secretary Damana Udhara Chinthaka too joined the distribution. Cheques were also given to selected beneficiaries who engaged in the Aloe Vera cultivation Project. Project director and Project coordinator – Eastern Province Aazath M.Aliyar was also present. Aloe Vera cultivation initiated in remote villages of the Ampara District to eradicate poverty among Samurdhi beneficiaries, has now spread to various parts of the District.