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‘All support for development at grassroots’

Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon said yesterday that all support will be given to strengthen local government authorities which are the real forces of village-level development.

Rural development was neglected and forgotten during the previous government. However, the present government has given due recognition to rural development and a massive rural development drive has already been embarked on across the country. Thus, the country could expect large-scale rural development in the coming years with the implementation of these projects, he said.

The Minister made these remarks while participating in a ceremony in Dambulla yesterday.

He added that rural development directly contributes to the country’s development. “The previous government was engaged in decreasing the powers of the local government authorities by postponing elections. However as a government committed to the well-being of the people, we have realised the importance of strengthening the local government authorities to strengthen village-level development,” he said.