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* Sri Lanka allocates over Rs. 10 billion to develop local government institutions in North and East
Sat, Aug 9, 2014, 11:47 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 09, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has allocated over Rs. 10 billion to develop a number of local government institutions in the northern and eastern provinces.

Under the Pura Neguma project, the government has allocated the Rs. 10.75 billion to develop 79 local government institutions in the conflict affected province, the Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa has said.

Addressing a ceremony at the Ministry of Economic Development held to inaugurate the 2nd stage of the Pura Neguma Project and to allocate e funds for the project, the Minister has sought the public support to the government's programme to develop the country by developing the village.

According to the Minister, the government will obtain a US$ 50 million loan from the International Development Agency of the World Bank foe the project. Australia will also provide nearly Rs.900 million for the project.

The primary objective of the project is to coordinate the measures on the regional and rural level to strengthen the local government institutions and to make the services more efficient.

In addition to the development tin Northern and Eastern provinces, the Pura Neguma project will engage in the development of 22 local government institutions in the districts of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Puttalam, Kurunegala and Moneragala.

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