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Garment factory set up under ‘Gama Samaga Wedapola’ project

Parliamentarian Ali Sabri Raheem (L) and State Minister of Rural and Divisional Drinking Water Supply Projects Development Sanath Nishantha (R) opening the garments factory in the Puttalam district on Friday.
Parliamentarian Ali Sabri Raheem (L) and State Minister of Rural and Divisional Drinking Water Supply Projects Development Sanath Nishantha (R) opening the garments factory in the Puttalam district on Friday.

The first-ever garments factory to train and employ over 400 youths in the Puttalam district was opened on Friday, January 1.

The factory set up in Karamba in Puttalam is a project under the ‘Gama Samaga Wedapola’- Workplace within the village’- which is envisaged by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and implemented by Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication Chairman Basil Rajapaksa.

The factory was opened on an initiative made by State Minister of Rural and Divisional Drinking Water Supply Projects Development Sanath Nishantha and Parliamentarian Ali Sabri Raheem.

Speaking to the Daily News, Raheem said that this is the first project to usefully employ the rural male and female youths who will be absorbed into the mainstream of the society. Although it will initially accommodate 400 youths in the factory, Raheem said, there is room to expand the facility to take in a maximum of 1,000 youths in the district.

He explained that the Government has plans to set up similar factories in all parts of the island to employ youths in the respective areas. He added that the government places top priority to the youths of the country who are the future generation of the motherland. “It is our duty to provide quality education and vocational training to enable them to become useful citizens in the society,” Raheem said.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed a Presidential Task Force in charge of Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication in April last year to revive the economy and eradication of poverty while paying special attention to the challenges posed and opportunities that emerged in Sri Lanka in the wake of COVID–19 outbreak.

Based on the vision of the President's National Policy Framework, “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour” “Saubhagyaye Dekma”, the Task Force steers the relevant institutes to create a production economy through the formulation of a unique economic structure based on novel initiatives.

Implementation of joint operations to establish a people-centric economy that will promote domestic industrialists and entrepreneurs is another objective of the Task Force.

It has also been tasked with the responsibility of taking measures to distribute products in liaising with all the institutes while paying attention to the activities undertaken by the health and education task forces to maintain normalcy in civilian life.