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* President opens electrification scheme for Sri Lanka's indigenous community
Tue, Jun 24, 2014, 12:35 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 23, Moneragala: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Monday declared open an electrification scheme for the benefit of the indigenous community in the Rathugala area of Moneragala in the Uva Province.

President Rajapaksa vested the Rathugala, Electrification Scheme constructed under the Uva Udana development programme with the indigenous community in Rathugala which is about 30 km from Ampara.

The government has spent Rs. 304 Million on the electrification scheme which will provide electricity for 1,400 households in 25 indigenous community villages. Electrification of the villages is aimed at uplifting the lives of the indigenous community

The government aims to provide electricity to the entire country by the end of this year and the Rathugala scheme is a one step in fulfilling that goal.

President Rajapaksa has vested the newly constructed Mahindodaya technology laboratory at the Galgamuwa Maha Vidyalaya in Rathugala with the children of the Rathugala indigenous community

It has been constructed under the Mahindodaya 1,000 school programme under full supervision of the Ministry of Education. The new laboratory is consisted of a fully-fledged mathematics center, a language laboratory with 15 computers and another computer center with 40 computers and a distant learning unit.

President Rajapaksa has also declared open the emergency treatment unit and the four-storied ward complex at the Moneragala General Hospital this morning constructed at a cost of Rs. 273 million. The emergency unit comprises a primary care unit, an accident unit and pediatric wards.

The President also opened the Siyambalanduwa, Kodayaana teacher village, established with the objective of providing welfare facilities to teachers who have been appointed for duties in the Uva Province.

The project completed at a cost of Rs.32 million provides housing facilities to 50 teacher families. The President has handed over the keys of the houses to several teacher families.

(Photos by Udesh Gunarathna)

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