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* Sri Lanka's Northern Province Governor hopes for better relations between the government and the Council
Tue, Dec 31, 2013, 12:09 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 31, Jaffna: Governor of Sri Lanka's Tamil dominated Northern Province expressed hope for better relations between the government and the Provincial Council in the coming year.

In his New Year's message Governor of Northern Province Major General (Retd) GA Chandrasiri said the dawn of New Year will definitely take the Province to new heights.

"Northern Province has seen a rapid development in socio, economic, education and cultural sectors in the recent past," the Governor said adding that the people of the province have elected their members to the Northern Provincial Council.

"I hope New Year will bring a better reconciliation and understanding between the Northern Provincial Council and the central government, thereby, it will create a friendly pragmatic atmosphere to serve the people of the Province in a more productive manner," Governor Chandrasiri said in his New Year message.

He called upon the public officers to "unreservedly" participate in the execution of their duties with a view to ensure that the development activities of the Government are completed to satisfaction to bring up the living standards of the people.

He said the Province has achieved the targets of many plans that led to positive development activities after the end of the war, under the guidance of the Mahinda Chintana.

The resettlement of about 350,000 internally displaced persons in their own villages has been an important feature, he noted while adding that the IDPs have been provided with basic infrastructure facilities.

Programs are being implemented to enable them to regain normalcy at the earliest, he said.

"My fervent hope is that the dawning of the New Year will usher in a new era of plenty and prosperity to the people of the North who had been suffering a lot during the past three decades due to the war," Governor Chandrasiri said in his message.

Governor Chandrasiri's message in full

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