Feb 23, Kuliyapitiya: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa Saturday handed over deeds to 1,000 landless people in the North Western Province.
The President symbolically handed over the Ranbima deeds to 23 recipients at a ceremony held at the Deyata Kirula National Development Exhibition grounds in Kuliyapitiya.
The programme to provide state lands to the landless people is being implemented by the Land Reforms Commission under the Mahinda Chintana concept.
The President also vested several development projects launched in the Northwestern Province parallel to the Deyata Kirula exhibition.
He declared open the new bus stand and the three-storied shopping complex in the Panduwasnuwara town built at a cost of Rs. 80 million.
The Mahindodaya Laboratory at the Hettipola Mahidodaya Maha Vidyalaya in Kuliyapitiya built at a cost of Rs. 20 million also took place under the auspices of the President.
The President also handed over surgical and medical equipment worth Rs. 50 million to the Kuliyapitiya Base Hospital which meets the health needs of the people of Kuliyapitiya and the surrounding areas.
Governor of North Western Province Tissa Balalla, Chief Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera, Ministers Maithripala Sirisena, S. B. Navinna, Jayaratne Herath, T. B. Ekanayake, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and Johnston Fernando also participated in the occasions.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)