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* Sri Lankan government allocates Rs. 5.8 billion to develop North Central Province
Wed, Jul 30, 2014, 12:17 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 30, Colombo: Sri Lankan government has allocated nearly Rs. 5.8 billion under a national plan to develop the North Central Province.

The Economic Development Ministry has allocated Rs 5.791 billion for developing the two districts North Central Province - Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa districts- under the House-to-House, Village-to-Village National Economic Development Plan.

The development program will cover 997 Grama Seva Divisions in 30 Divisional Secretariat areas of the 10 electorates of the districts. Over 1.3 million people belonging to 348,926 families in the two districts will benefit from the program.

According to the government agents of the two districts, 2788 villages will benefit from the programme which is being launched under the direction of Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa on President Mahinda Rajapaksa's advice.

The ministers and parliamentarians of the two districts will be supervising the development program.

Under the program, among others, Rs.2.1 billion has been allocated for Rajarata Navodaya, Rs.1.45 billion for Gama Neguma, Rs.228 million for Divi Neguma livelihood development, Rs.280 million for wildlife and nature conservation Rs. 630 million for Agrarian Development, and Rs 330 million for Local Government and Provincial councils.

In addition, 26 rural bridges in the North Central Province have already been completed under the island-wide program to build 210 rural bridges under the Economic Development Ministry’s Direction.

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