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* Measures to increase Sri Lanka's computer literacy rate
Sat, Jan 25, 2014, 01:01 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 24, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is taking measures to increase the country's computer literacy rate up to 75 percent of the population within the next two years under a national action plan to provide the dividends of Information Technology to all citizens.

Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the computer literacy rate, which was two and a half percent a few years ago, has increased to 45 percent now.

Addressing a meeting held at the Menikhinna Co-operative hall to mark the distribution of school books among a batch of 650 students in the Kundasale electorate under a program sponsored by the business community, Minister Rambukwella said the government was committed to do everything possible for the benefit and welfare of schoolchildren who were inheritors of the country's future.

The government launched a five-year National Information and Communication Development Plan in 2011 aiming to increase the computer literacy rate to 75 percent of population.

The plan also aims to create 100,000 job opportunities in the Information and Communication Technology field by the year 2016.

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