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* Sri Lanka to set up 14,000 ICT centers at village level
Sun, Nov 11, 2012, 12:43 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 11, Colombo: Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Sri Lankan President says that the 2013 budget proposal to set up 14,000 Nenasala ICT centers will be implemented within three years' time.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his budget for next year proposed to set up Nenasala centers in every Grama Niladari division as a special project to broaden the access to IT facilities.

The 2013 budget has allocated 750 million rupees to set up an ICT center in each of 14,000 Grama Niladari (village officer) areas of the country.

Such centers will be setup by rehabilitating abandoned schools and other public buildings such as places of worship Secretary Weeratunga said.

So far 691 Nenasala ICT centers have been established in 350 Divisional Secretariat areas.

They are to be equipped with modern computers and internet facilities and will be open to public for free use.

The President has also proposed an allocation of Rs. 300 million to Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) to promote training to improve and quality certification in the IT and BPO industry.

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