Mobile Service Conducted by EPC at Batticaloa

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A mobile service was conducted under the guidance and chairmanship of Hon. Chief Minister Z.A. Nazeer Ahamed with the collaboration of Provincial Ministries and Departments, District Secretariat and other Central Government Agencies on 14.05.2015 at Municipal Council Hall, Batticaloa.

The objective of this mobile service is to seek solutions to the public problems faced in various sectors like agriculture, fisheries, industries, lands and irrigation, housing, local government services and other essential service sectors administered by the central government agencies.

Around 1091 complaints were received during this mobile service. Instant solutions were sought to 672 complaints, remaining complaints were treated for further action within a scheduled period. Provincial Ministries, Departments, Statutory bodies and Central Government Agencies took part in this service.

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Opening Ceremony of Central Ayurvedic Dispensary- Paragahakela

E1M3-17-06-2015Central Ayurvedic Dispensary Paragahakela, Ampara was ceremonially opened by Hon.M.I.M.Monsoor , Minister of health and indigenous medicine of EPC on 11/6/2015.

Chairman of Eastern Provincial Council Hon. A.P.Galappathige Chadradasa, members of local Predeshiya Sabha, Provincial commissioner of indigenous medicine Dr.(Mrs) R Srithar, staff from RDHS Office Amapara and Ayurvedic Department also participated at this event. This Central Ayurvedic Dispensary was newly constructed under the Dayata Kirula project funds of Hon. Sarath Weerasekara.

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Three Storied Building for Al-Mazhar Girl’s High School in Nintavur

E1M2-18-09-2014The Newly built three storied building at Al-Mazhar Girl’s High School in Nintavur, Kalmunai was inaugurated by Hon. Mohan Wijewickrama, Governor of the Eastern Province on 18th September 2014.

Hon. MS. Uthuma Lebbe, Minister of Road Development, EP, Hon. Members of Provincial Council who represent the area, Mr. NNA. Pushpakumara, Secretary, Ministry of Education, EP, Mr. MTA. Nizam, Provincial director of Education, Hon. YL. Sulaimalebbe, Opposition Leader of Pradeshiya Sabha, Nintavur, Teachers, Students and Members of School Development Committee also present at the ceremony. During the speech, Hon. Governor explained the rapid Development which is taken place in Eastern Province since culmination of the conflict and the Government initiatives on uplifting the Education standards of Children in the Eastern Province.

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UK’s Contribution to Demining in Sri Lanka Exceeds £5 Million

DeminingFullDuring the past five years, Britain has provided a total of £5.1 million towards demining activities in Sri Lanka. From 2010 to 2014, Britain has contributed £3.5 million to The HALO Trust for demining work in former war-affected areas of the country. Last year, Britain announced a further £1.6 million from July 2014 for a period of 18 months.

The British High Commissioner for Sri Lanka Mr. John Rankin, during his recent tour of the Northern Province, said that the United Kingdom has been a long-time supporter of the demining process in Sri Lanka.

The HALO Trust, a UK-based organisation, which removes hazardous debris of war, works in the Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts and conducts mine risk awareness and educational programmes.

Speaking about the current state of mine clearance, Army Spokesman Brig. Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that only an area of 80 sq. km. remains to be demined in eight districts of the Northern and Eastern provinces. He also pointed out that the remaining regions consist of forest areas.

Sources:

Media Centre of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development
British High Commission in Sri Lanka

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New Police Station Opened in Nilaveli

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The Sri Lanka Police recently opened its 436 Police Station in Nilaveli, in the Trincomalee District in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province. The fully-equipped police station that was built on two acres of land at a cost of Rs. 12.1 million was vested with the public recently.

“This Police Station was built to start a civil control through establishing law and order that was disrupted in the North and East area, while specially providing facilities needed by the people of the North and East,” said Sri Lanka Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana.

Approximately 9,511 individuals representing 2,587 Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim families live in this Police Division of 15 sq. km. In order to provide services to all three communities, police officers fluent in Tamil have also been employed.

Sources:
Media Unit, Sri Lanka Police
Police Media Spokesperson

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The Eastern Province Housing Authority was opened

E1M1-01-09-2014The Eastern Province Housing Authority was declared open by Hon. Rear Admiral (Retd.)Mohan Wijewickrama RSP, VSV, USP, Governor of Eastern Province and Hon. Najeeb Abdul Majeed, Chief Minister of Eastern Provincial Council on the invitation of Hon. M.S. Uthumalebbe, Minister of Road Development, Irrigation, Housing and Construction, Rural Electification and Water Supply, Eastern Provincial Council.

Hon. Wimalaweera Dissanayaka, Minister of Education and Transport, Hon. M.I.M. Mansoor, Minister of Health and Social Services Hon. W.G.M. Ariyawathy Galappathy, Chairman, Eastern Provincial Council, Hon. M.S. Subair, Deputy Chairman, Eastern Provincial Council and Hon. Members of Eastern Provincial Council along with the Chief Secretary, Secretaries, Deputy Chief Secretaries, Heads of department and other higher officers from Eastern Provincial Council participated on the occasion.

This Housing Authority fulfill the long awaited ambition of people of Eastern Province, who were being longing for peace and development for thirty years. This Housing Authority would grant relief to the people of Eastern Province who were affected by three decayed by unprecedented war in the Eastern Province.

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Iftar Ceremony Celebrated in Eastern Provincial Council

E1M1-18-07-2014The Iftar Ceremony was organized by Hon. M.S.Uthumalebbe, Provincial Minister of Road Development, Irrigation, Housing & Construction, Rural Electrification and Water Supply and celebrated at the Hindu Cultural Hall, Trincomalee on 18th of July, 2014 at 5.00 pm.

Hon. Governor, Eastern Province, Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama, Hon. A.L.M. Athaullah, Minister of Provincial Council and Local Government, Hon. R. Sampanthan, TNA Leader, Members of the Parliament, and Hon. Ministers, Opposition Leader & Members of EPC, Secretaries, Deputy Chief Secretaries, Heads of Departments and Officers of Eastern Provincial Council, Commanders from all three forces, Religious Heads, Political Leaders, Heads of Traders Organization and people participated at this Ceremony.

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New Sales Center for Dept. of Rural Industries, EPC Opened at Trincomalee

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A new Sales Center for the Department of Rural Industries, EPC was opened by the Hon. Z.A. Nazeer Ahamed (Eng) Minister of Agriculture, EPC on 29.10.2013 at Trincomalee town.

Hon. W.G.M. Ariyawathi Galappaththi, Chairman of EPC, Hon. Anwar Ramlan Ahamed, Member of EPC, Hon. A.L.M.Nazeer, Member of EPC and Mr.K.Pathmanathan, Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, EPC. also participated at this event.

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Towards Reconciliation

Rajiva Wijesinha

Adviser on Reconciliation to HE the President

 

Four years after the conclusion of conflict, Sri Lanka still has a long way to go to achieve Reconciliation. This is unfortunate, given the enormous efforts made by government to improve facilities for the people most affected by war. But it is not surprising that, as indicated by the results of the last election held in the Northern Province, we have failed to win hearts and minds.

That would not have been difficult had a concerted effort been made. But this requires planning, and unfortunately planning is not something Sri Lanka has been good at. For over three decades now, we have tended to respond to events or rather to crises. The one exception was the care with which, in the period after 2005, we approached the conflict, with all branches of government working together and care taken to ensure the dissemination of clear and convincing information. Following the conclusion of the conflict however all that broke down, and propaganda, often based on parochial electoral considerations, took over, with little attempt at intelligent analysis of ground realities.

Thus we seemed to believe that reconstruction alone would suffice, and reconstruction that placed a premium on cement rather than people. This is on par with the worst delusions of capitalism as elevated into a political philosophy, the assumption that prosperity will trickle down. But this does not work, and Sri Lanka may in the end have to pay heavily for the failure to conceptualize with sensitivity of those who took on responsibility only for construction and not for consultation, who concentrated only on resettlement and not rather on restoration.

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Counting the Dead and Paying the Cost

The Daily Mirror reported last week that between November 30 and December 10, the government would carry out a census of those who were killed or who had disappeared, during the war years – July 1983 to May 2009. The subject dealt elsewhere in writings as the numbers game.

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For those affected or accused it is no game. The impact is quite serious. The LLRC recommended were ,’ Conduct a professionally designed household survey covering all affected families in all parts of the island to ascertain first hand the scale and circumstances of death and injury to civilians, as well as damage to property during the period of the conflict.

The progress has been – Using data on ‘Population and Housing Census 2012′ covering the entire country including North and East Provinces for the first time since 1981, Department of Census and Statistics is taking following initial steps to conduct a survey on affected families.

Steering committee comprising senior officers of relevant Ministries and Agencies meets fortnightly to discuss activities related to the census on death/injuries to persons and property damages due to conflict.

The methodology suitable to conduct the census was devised and data collection forms were designed. Both were pre-tested in selected GN divisions in Vavuniya, Polonnaruwa and Mullativu districts in order to cover different conflict situations since 1982.

The outcome of the pre-test was evaluated by DCS working group. Final draft to be submitted. Department of Census and Statistics is planning to conduct an Economic Survey covering entire country which will generate most of data on the affected families.

The second LLRC recommendations was to ,’Take all necessary measures for implementation of the [Registration of Deaths Act] at the administrative level.. Give adequate publicity to the relevant provisions of the Act through media, Grama Niladharis etc., especially in the conflict affected areas.’

The progress has been-During 2011, 37 and 761 deaths were registered in the Northern and Eastern Provinces respectively. In 2012, these numbers were 38 and 801. In addition, 29 mobile services were held during 2011 in various DSDs in North and East to issue death certificates. Services were also held in Mullaitivu District Secretariat in September 2012.

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