An event to distribute water tanks to the temples and Pradeshiya Sabhas in drought affected area was held on 25 September 2014 at Governor’s Secretariat. Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri participated as the Chief Guest and distributed the water tanks.
“The country has improved a lot in attitudes and human values. This could be a classic example to show that there is religious harmony in this country. The Buddhist organizations have come forward to help the Tamils in the north, which is an encouraging effort. This clearly shows the country has passed the dark era of separatism, and now people in this country have shown interest to live together shredding all petty differences. A friend in need is the friend in deed.”
A set of water tanks were handed over to the Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri by Triple Gem Buddhist Foundation on 06th September 2014 at Governor’s Sub Office in Colombo.
These tanks are to be delivered to the drought affected areas in the Northern Province. These tanks will be useful to store water for long term purposes.
Security Force Jaffna further extended its assistance to Jaffna people affected due to long-drawn drought distributing plastic water tanks to various parts of the peninsula. Headquarters 55 Division based at Kaddaikadu made arrangements to hand over 72 such water tanks donated by “Derana” media organization at request of Commander Security Force Jaffna Major General Udaya Perera at a brief function held on Tuesday (26) at Thalaiady Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed (RCTM) school.
Fifty two 1000 litre tanks, ten 500 litre tanks and ten 250 litre tanks were handed over to representatives from different villages suffering from scarcity of water. General Officer Commanding 52 Division Major General Priyantha Jayasundara, Chief Executive Officer “Derana” Mr. Madawa Madawala, General Officer Commanding 55 Division Brigadier S.K. Thirunaukarisu and Commander 553 Brigade Colonel Vijith Subhasinghe were present at the function.
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.