Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa blamed Jaffna Parliamentary
Representatives and Civil Administration for not educating him
on difficulties and hardships faced by people in Jaffna. Addressing
a forum of Ministers, Members of Parliament, Secretaries, Civil
Administrative Officials and Heads of Government Departments attending
a District Development Committee (DDC) meeting held at Tilko Hotel
on Tuesday, February 12th, Hon. President said that he came to
know difficulties of farmers only after he met some of them during
his visits in the peninsula. Hon President on his way back from
Chunnakam where he commissioned a new power plant erected to enhance
the present supply capacity to the peninsula got down his vehicle
and met some farmers working in their fields on Tuesday.
who pointed out that many government constructions in Jaffna are
seen limited only to foundation stones asked the relevant officials
for explanation for the delay. He further instructed to extend
development projects, presently in place in the Jaffna city and
suburbs, to remote areas for the benefit of rural communities.
Hon Minister of Economic Development Mr. Basil Rajapaksa, Hon.
Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Development
Mr. Douglas Devanantha, Hon. Governor Northern Province Maj. Gen.
(Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri, Commander of the Army Lieutenant General
Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander Security Forces – Jaffna Maj. Gen.
Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Ministers of other Portfolios, Jaffna District
Parliamentarians, Secretaries and Jaffna Civil Administrative
officials were present at the meeting.
Equalizing medical facilities to that of Colombo and elsewhere
in the country, a fully-fledged three-storied building was declared
open by His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Jaffna
Teaching Hospital on Wednesday, 13th February. The new complex
comprising a well-equipped Radiology Department, operation theatre
with modern facilities and a laboratory was constructed at a cost
of Rs. 300 million with cooperation of Japan International Cooperation
Agency (JICA). His Excellency the President vested the new facility
in Jaffna medical authorities on Wednesday in a grand ceremony
followed by a public meeting held at the hospital premises with
attendance of a massive crowd. The newly opened facility expedites
operation procedures and medical tests to be conducted at Jaffna
afternoon, His Excellency the President declared open the new
jetty at Nainathivu and the new archway of the historical Nagadeepa
were completed under the government’s development programme for
the North “Vadakkin Vasantham”.