Feb 21, Kuliyapitiya: The Deyata Kirula National Development Exhibition, which demonstrates Sri Lanka's present progress and the development to be witnessed in future, proves to the world that Sri Lanka is a success story and not a failed one, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 8th Deyata Kirula Exhibition in Kuliyapitiya in the North Western Province President Rajapaksa pointed out the significance of the Exhibition to develop the area where the exhibition is held.
The massive development exhibition, held annually since 2006, is being held under the theme "Awakening of the Sri Lankan People" from February 21-28 at Wayamba University Technical College and the Central College of Kuliyapitiya.
Speaking to the massive crowd gathered, the President said the country is prepared to face whatever challenges and pointed out that all UN agencies except one has commended Sri Lanka's post-war progress.
He noted that the mobile services held in parallel to the Deyata Kirula event were able to resolve many issues the people in the area faced.
Upon arrival at the venue accompanied by the First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, the President was presented with the Deyata Kirula Sword marking the official opening of the Exhibition.
Chairman of the Deyata Kirula National Development Exhibition Committee Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology Ranjith Siyambalapitiya delivered the welcome speech.
The Deyata Kirula exhibition is being held in rural areas with the aim of developing those areas. The exhibition brings massive infrastructure development, especially roads and public facilities to the area slated to hold the exhibition.
The exhibition showcases products and services from over 1,000 government, private and international organizations, displays the past development activities in the country as well as future development projects.
This year, the Deyata Kirula Exhibition premises spans over 162 acres and almost every ministry is showcased in the exhibition.
According to Minister Siyambalapitiya, the government has spent Rs. 50 billion on establishing infrastructure facilities in Puttalam and Kurunegala districts in the North Western Province and Kegalle District in Sabaragamuwa Province in preparation for the national exhibition. About 3.3 million people in the three districts have received benefits from the infrastructure projects.
Next year's Deyata Kirula exhibition will be held in the Southern Province aiming to develop the Galle, Matara and Hambantota districts and Ratnapura district in Sabaragamuwa Province.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)