Veteran writer Martin Wickramasinghe in his renowned novel Gamperaliya depicted the break up of traditional village life due to the impact of modernization. It was about the gradual subversion of the traditional economic and social structure of the village by the commercial culture of the city.
Contemporary Sri Lankan society is also experiencing a notable change in their villages following the rapid development programs launched under the initiative termed as Gamperaliya by the present government. However, current changes taking place in villages are quite different from the collapse of the aristocratic social fabric in Southern villages in the 1890s, which was portrayed in Martin Wickramasinghe’s novel.
Under the Gamperaliya program or the Rapid Rural Development Programme (RRDP) implemented by the government to support the livelihood of people and the acceleration of economic growth linked with improving the quality of infrastructure of the country, many backward villages in the Galle district have benefitted socially and economically.
According to the Galle District Planning Secretariat, under the Gamperaliya program, 6,201 projects were approved to be implemented in the 10 electorates of the district. Many of those projects have already been initiated. Authorities plan to complete work on all these scheduled projects before August 31. The total estimated budget allocated for these projects is Rs. 2,265 million.
In the above budget, Rs. 32 million has been assigned for 41 village tanks and anicut rehabilitation projects, while Rs. 37 million has been allocated to renovate 10 small bridges that have already been identified. Moreover, Rs. 54 million and Rs. 87 million have been approved for the uplift of sanitary facilities in schools and the development of playgrounds in the district, respectively.