The Samurdhi will grant the much relief to secure power supplies. Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka made this disclosure while addressing employees of the Electricity Board of the Galle and Matara Districts.
The Minister said they planned short term and long term programmes. The most important of it would be the “Vidaluma Lanka” programme. It is the desire of the Government to provide electricity to all villages. 4593 Rural Electrification Schemes are being planned to provide electricity to all villagers of the country. The Government expects to spend 39 billion rupees on this effort,. A loan scheme will be introduced for the people to secure their power connections. These loans will be provided through the Samurdhi Development Bank with effect from next month. Loans up to 30 thousand rupees can be obtained. The Minister revealed of his plans to grant loans up to 500 thousand rupees for the small and medium scale industrialists to receive power supplies.