Feb 16, Colombo: The ‘Kekulu Thuru Udanaya’ Children’s Tree Planting National Program was launched under the patronage of President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the Atabage Wimaladharma National School premises in Gampola Monday (15).
Nearly 350,000 children enter the first grade every year and the program aims to make them eco-friendly citizens and to ensure a secure ecosystem for future generations in line with the Sustainable Environmental Policy introduced by the “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendor” National Policy Framework
The President and Ministers together with the children planted saplings and launched the ‘Kekulu Thuru Udanaya’ program.
The Ministries of Agriculture and Education will jointly implement the program. The ‘Kekulu Thuru Udanaya’ which started today will continue annually. The government aims to add 1.7 million plants including jackfruit, breadfruit, coconut and mango to the environment within 5 years under the supervision of children. Children living in urban areas will be provided with small plants that are suitable for their environment while children who are living in flats will be provided with potted plants.
The distribution of seedlings is done by the State Ministry of Agriculture and it is also planned to prepare an annual report on the child and the plant by the Agricultural Research Officers of the Department of Agrarian Services.
The President symbolically distributed plant saplings among the children.
Symbolizing the admission of children to the first grade in the year 2021, the President registered the name of a child entering the Atabage Wimaladharma Vidyalaya and made a note in the school log book.
Central Province Governor Lalith U. Gamage handed over a check for Rs. 6.3 million collected by the Central Provincial Department of Education for the Covid Fund to the President.
President Rajapaksa presented certificates of appreciation to three teachers who donated their monthly salaries to the Covid Fund.
The President, who arrived at the Udagama Public ground to attend the event, engaged in a conversation with the people gathered at the venue, and inquired about existing shortcomings in the area and problems they face.
Fulfilling the request made by the People the President said that he will take steps to develop the Udagama Kalawelgolla road by carpeting it and to inform the relevant officials about the issue of drinking water.
The President also inquired into the well-being of the children, who had gathered in front of Atabage Rajananda Vidyalaya, which is located between Udagama public ground and Wimaladharma Vidyalaya. The President said that the work on the school playground and the half completed building will be completed as requested by the children.
Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Central Province Governor Lalith U. Gamage, State Ministers Shashindra Rajapaksa and Anuradha Jayaratne also addressed the gathering. State Ministers Lohan Ratwatte, Piyal Nishantha, MPs Udayana Kirindigoda, Wasantha Yapa Bandara, Secretaries to the Ministries and officials were also present on the occasion.