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President urges District Parliamentarians to convince International Community of Benefits & Developments in post war Jaffna

[2013-02-14 17:51:26]

His 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.

Hon. President 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 Hospital.

On Tuesday afternoon, His Excellency the President declared open the new jetty at Nainathivu and the new archway of the historical Nagadeepa temple.

Those projects were completed under the government’s development programme for the North “Vadakkin Vasantham”.

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