The second phase of “Gemi Diriya” programme has been launched.
Deputy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said the aim of this effort is to improve the standard of living of the rural people. The programme has helped to alleviate poverty in several regions of the country. It helps to solve problems of finding community based solutions. A notable feature is that it helps to improve infrastructure of villages and the livelihoods of the people. The programme covers the most poverty stricken villages.
The second phase is being mooted to develop 950 more villages at the cost of 96 million US dollars. The first phase of the programme was launched during the last four years. The Deputy Minister said that 1034 villages had already been developed. The project affords opportunities for the beneficiaries to make decisions regarding the development of their villages.
A meeting was held under the patronage of the Deputy Minister with regard to the implementation of the second phase of the project yesterday.