Mar 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Youth Affairs and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake says that the government has launched over 55000 development projects over the past 3 ݣ/2 years and spent over 1 million on each project.
He said however, it is a problem that the government has not made the public aware of these development in the country.
"It's tragic that we have failed to communicate this effectively to the public. Development communication must be at the heart of government propaganda," the Minister said speaking at a discussion held today (26) on the decentralized budget program and rural infrastructure development program.
"During the past two years, we have spent Rs. 1 million for a single project and implemented more than 55,000 projects. But the people do not know about it. The other point is that we did not even publicize any of these projects," he pointed out.
"Therefore, the need of a broader propaganda project to take our projects to villages has now emerged. This is because of the lack of a proper mechanism to take government policy to the village now. It's too late now but at least now we have to think about it and take this step," he said.
"Because we need to receive the value of the projects we implement. We also need to give the value to the projects. This has become a competition and we must face this competition with strength," the Minister said.
Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywardena, Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Ekanayake, Finance Ministry Secretary Dr. RHS Samaratunga, Secretary to the Ministry Youth Affairs and Skills Development, HM Gamini Senevirathne, and Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister, Saman Athaudahetti were present at the discussion.