National principles must address local problems

Garbage dump polluting the air & destroying the scenic beauty

I have been confronted with many problems during meetings of Divisional Secretariat Reconciliation Committee meetings, but perhaps the most unusual was the question of garbage which came up at Kattankudy. I was told that garbage was being piled up at the edges of the area coming under the Secretariat, though I should hasten to add that this was not the fault of what seemed an efficient and responsive administration under the Divisional Secretary – yet another of the bright youngsters I keep coming across, who should be given greater responsibilities, with commensurate reporting obligations to the people they serve.

Waste disposal comes under local government institutions, and it seems that this Urban Council gets rid of garbage by depositing it near the sea on one side of the town, and near the lagoon on the other. What I was told seemed so bizarre that I decided I had to check this out for myself, so after the meeting I went on a tour of inspection, complicated by the fact that Kattankudy has very narrow roads, and it was Friday afternoon, which meant that they were blocked by thousands of motor-bikes as the faithful gathered for prayers.

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Japanese Government through IOM provides Food Security & Livelihoods

The project to strengthen food security and livelihoods of 150 beneficiaries in Eachalamkulam and Kalmadu in Vavuniya was funded by the Japanese Government through the IOM.

Field assistants in Tharanikulam, Eashwaripuram and Nochchikulam were given push bicycles and instructions to complete the identification of 25 quarter acre plots of farming in each village and map them out. They were also instructed to conduct a monthly evaluation to report the progress in their respective villages by visiting all the beneficiaries in the village.

The beneficiaries were also issued stationary to write the daily activities done by them, which would include land preparation, weeding, preparation of liquid fertilizer and application, harvesting, sale of products and income.

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