Development News from Sri Lanka: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the government’s objective is to rebuild and develop the war-torn north and elevate Jaffna to Sri Lanka’s main town as in the past.
He stressed that a significant financial boom will be initiated with Jaffna at the core over the next five years to attain this goal.
Participating in the inauguration last morning of the first phase of the Myliddy Fisheries Harbor in Jaffna, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he was inviting the people of the north to join hands on the path of development.
The first phase of the Myliddy Fisheries Harbor, completed at a cost of Rs. 150 million, was allocated by the Prime Minister to the public.
The development of the Myliddy Fisheries harbor will bring many advantages to the fishermen’s society in the North, including the implementation of contemporary fishing and insurance coverage technology.
The Premier also proclaimed the Thirunelveli Agricultural Research Center to be opened in Jaffna today at a price of Rs.30 million.
Addressing the gathering after the Fisheries Harbor opening, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe clarified that his government first concentrated on the social and infrastructural growth of the country and now places a heavy emphasis on economic development.
Mr. Wickremesinghe revealed that measures were taken with the Mayor of Jaffna to plan and construct the new town of Jaffna.
Minister of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Irrigation and Development of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources P Harrison said the government has initiated a significant program to reinforce the fishing community both in the North and in the South.
He said the government was able to complete the first phase of Myliddy Fisheries Harbor at a cost of Rs. 150 million and open to the public, and in the future, the fishermen in the North will be trained to adopt modern technology, introduce insurance coverage for them and provide a common price for fish food.
State Minister of Education Vijayakala Maheswaran said that while the former government illegally took over the public lands in the North and East, a big amount of lands were released to the owners after the current government came to power.