Jaffna Public Library (யாழ் பொது நூலகம்) in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, is the famous library in Sri Lanka by historical and Sri Lankan civil war. It functions under the Jaffna Municipal Council. The library was built in 1933 and burnt in 1981. During early 1980s, it was one of the biggest libraries in Asia, containing over 97,000 books and manuscripts.In 2001, rehabilitation of the library was completed with new structure and new books. Even though, old books and manuscripts were not replaced.
Jaffna Municipal Council of the Jaffna District in the Northern Province has been awarded “Swarna Purawara” Certificate for winning the 1st Place by the Jaffna Public Library.
Jaffna Public Library won the first place at the Awards Ceremony for the Best Public Libraries in Sri Lanka which was organized by Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils together with University of Kelaniya-Department of Library and Information Science.
Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda and Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri took part at this celebration of the success which was held at Jaffna Public Library on 27th October 2014.
Now Days, Success is observed in almost at every sector of socio – economic fields of northern people.
Governor wishes the relevant officials who brought the success.
Minister Basil requests the stake holders of the province, not to disturb the on going development activities .
Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa was the chief guest of opening ceremony of Market Complex and Bus Stand constructed in Poonakary of Kilinochchi district on 27th August 2014.
Minister Basil Rohana Rajapaksa in his address requested the Tamil National Alliance to help the Central Government in rebuilding the Northern Province. He also stated that not to disturb the on going development activities. People of the Northern Province have started to enjoy the benefits of the mega development activities of the Government.
Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda, Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri, Parliamentarian M.Chandrakumar and Provincial Minister of Health P.Sathiyalingam participated as special guests.
These buildings were the long term need of the people. Large number of area people participated at this ceremony.
Under the Vadakkin Vasantham Programme Economic Development Ministry spent 20 million rupees for the construction of the Modern Market Complex and 5 million for Poonakary Bus Stand.
Northern Provincial Council Member V.Thavananthan, Govt. Agent of Kilinochchi Roobavathy Ketheeswaran, Chairman of Poonakary Pradeshiya Sabha Sriskantharajah and several officials also took part at this event.
“Atchuveli Industrial Zone will turn out to be a national asset, where the productions from this zone not only benefit the local residents, but also to the country’s economy. More and more investments and ventures flow into the zone means more income.This has created many job opportunities as well. The Indian government has granted US$ 220 million worth of assistance.The industrial zone will be boost to the province and is on way forward to create more opportunities to potential investors and business sector as well. Once the construction work is complete, this zone will contribute immensely to economic growth of the province.”
Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda and Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri paid an inspection visit to Atchuveli Industrial Zone on 11th August 2014.
They had discussion with the relevant officials to expedite the construction works. The construction works are in progress and the industrial zone will be declared open coming 21st August.
The discussion focused on the work plans of entrepreneurs and job opportunities available in the zone.
“The project will be implemented under full grant assistance of the Government of India with an estimated outlay of Sri Lankan Rs. 192 million (US$ 1.7 million). The completion of the project is expected to provide a boost to economic activities in the Jaffna Peninsula and generate local employment, both direct and indirect, for about 2,000 people.
It is also expected to lead to flow of significant investments to increase production capacities in the sectors of textiles, plastic and leather products, food processing, agro-based industries, oil and fibre products, etc., thereby resulting in better utilisation of local resources.
The project will be implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development of the Government of Sri Lanka. Necessary technical expertise and project management services will be provided by the United Nations (UNOPS).”
An event to lay foundation stones for three factories in the Atchuveli Industrial Zone was held on 16th April 2014. Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda and Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri participated as chief guests and laid down the stones. Indian Consul General, Jaffna V.Mahalingam also participated at this event.
A plastic pipe factory, a fishing net factory and a factory of Hemas are to be constructed in the zone. This industrial zone is being established with the 225 million rupees financial support of Indian Government and 50 million rupees financial support of Sri Lankan Government.
This project is expected generate many job opportunities which will benefit the local residents at various categories.
“Empowering the women through self employment has been a successful project in the recent past. After the end of hostilities the government has implemented a program to identify the requirements of the women society and fulfilling those through effective programs. This is one such program.”
Self-Employment Batik Training Project for Women in Jaffna was commenced in Chankanai on 15th March 2014. Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda and Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri participated as chief guest and officially inaugurated the project.
Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development, National Craft Council and Rotary Club jointly organized this project at a cost of 3 million rupees.