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* Sri Lanka Prime Minister seeks more women contribution in development planning
Thu, Sep 14, 2017, 10:12 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says although percentage of women in the country is 52 percent there is lack of women contribution in planning of government's development activities.

The Prime Minister said that there is a decline in women planning in the Divisional and District Secretariats.

While the development in the fields of youth services, agriculture, irrigation, power, road construction, education and all other areas including religion is progressing well there is a decline in in women's work and plans.

As such the Prime Minister said his office is planning to create a Development Assistant Post mainly for women planning. A woman assistant would be posted to every Divisional Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Women's Affairs to get more women involved in development activities. Those selected for the position will be provided with proper training, he added.

He made these observations today while addressing a function held at the Temple Trees to apprise Grama Niladharis and Development Officers in the Colombo district of the government's development program and the state policy. He also presented appointment letters to Birth, Marriage and Death Registrars at the event. Laptops were given to officials of Divisional Secretariat Divisions and office bags to development officers.

Addressing the gathering, the Premier said the government is prepared to implement a new program for the development of the country through the village and district level officials.

He further said that regardless of how the two main political parties in the government work, whether together or separately, responsibility of development work is mostly on the Divisional Secretaries and Grama Niladharis.

The Premier said the 2025 Economic Outlook was presented on September 4, on the second anniversary of the national government and proposed sending an -mail copy of the 2025 Economic Vision to all officials by e-mail to enlighten them on government's economic policy.

"We go for development goals through private investment. Our money is used to prepare those plans," he said.

He said when private investors invest in large projects through the Board of Investment, the government need the assistance of the local officials for success of those projects.

The Premier noted that at the same time, special attention should be paid to the small businesses at local level.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe also said that in the coming local government elections, 25 percent of women representation will be compulsory.

He said the government plans to hold local government elections in January next year after the budget process and other parliamentary affairs are finished in December and has requested the Elections Commissioner to take measures to hold elections in January 2018.


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