Water tanks distributed to drought affected areas


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.


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.


Padavisripura Rural Water Supply Scheme Opened


The Padavisripura Rural Water Supply Scheme constructed by the Eastern Province Water Supply Development Project with the financial assistance of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was declared open by Hon. Governor, Eastern Province, Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama on 14th June 2013 at Padavisripura.

This project was initiated as a solution to the kidney diseases prevailing in the area and it is expected over 1000 families benefit under this project. Hon. W.G.M. Ariyawathi Galappaththi, Chairperson of EPC, Mr. D.M. Sarath Abayagunawardana, Chief Secretary, EPC, Chairman of Pradeshiya Sabha, Padavisripura, senior officers from JICA, government official and large gathering of people attended in this opening ceremony.


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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