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Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 12.39 GMT

Former Indian President to support PURA in Sri Lanka


The visiting Former Indian President Dr. Abdul Kalam expressed willingness to participate in the planning of pilot Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) complexes in Sri Lanka to empower the 16 million rural citizens.

This was stated during a discussion between the former Indian President and President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this morning.

Two leaders discussed about the ongoing reconciliation process in Sri Lanka and how best the knowledge of all three languages in the country could help the reconciliation.

While discussing the news concept of cooperate development describes as PURA, the former Indian President said through creation of three connnectivities namely physical, electronic and knowledge, it is possible to create economic connectivity for 15,000 villages in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Kalam said Sri Lanka has a potential of deploying about 160 PURA complexes based on the core competencies of the cluster of villages.

Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G. L. Peiris, Secretary to President Lalith Weeratunga and Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Ashok Kantha were also present at the discussion.




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