Deyata kirula exhibition – 2014 which was declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday, Feb. (21), demonstrated the vast development opportunities in the country. In addition to being excellent display of a programme; Deyata Kirula has helped facilitate to development initiatives in a lot of districts in Sri Lanka.
This annual exhibition, which commenced in 2007, is the showcase within of the Deyata Kirula National Development Program which aims to develop infrastructure facilities in selected districts. Accordingly, all infrastructure facilities, social development and other large scale development initiatives are carried out in the districts where the annual exhibitions are held.
This years’s Deyata Kirula is held under the theme ‘A Peaceful and Prosperous Nation’ at Kuliyapitiya from February 21 to the 27th. This is the eighth Deyata Kirula Exhibition where the Kuliyapitiya Campus of the Wayamba University, Kuliyapitiya Maha Vidyalaya and the Kuliyapitiya Technical College will hosted, The Economic Development Ministry said.
The exhibition covering a 62-acre area has over 1,700 stalls. Permanent buildings of 100,000 square feet constructed at the site will become permanent resources of the relevant institutions from next month. A total of Rs.10, 836 million has been spent on these educational centres. Accordingly, a modern auditorium and library worth Rs.140 million constructed at the Kuliyapitiya MMV were opened February 10.
The Deyata Kirula National Development Programme for 2014 which focuses on the Kurunegala, Puttalam and Kegalle Districts commenced in March 2013. A sum of over Rs.60,000 million was invested in the development projects launched in these districts where 4,144 agricultural, irrigation, highways, educational, health, drinking water, and power supply projects among others were activated in 57 Secretarial Divisions. They are now fully public-owned parallel to Deyata Kirula 2014.
A special feature of Deyata Kirula National Development Programme is the conducting of mobile services at Grama Seva level in the Kurunegala, Puttalam and Kegalle Districts. In this connection 34 meetings were held at electorate level from 2013 June 8 to June 6 to identify community problems and plans to empower people.
Following the briefings mobile Services commenced in the three districts on July 1, 2013 to identify people’s problems and find quick solutions to them. It was launched under the theme ‘From Village to Village and From House to House’ in the Kurunegala, Puttalam and Kegalle Districts where 2,731 Deyata Kirula Mobile Services were activated in 2,731 Grama Seva areas in 57 DS Divisions from July to December last year.
It was a fine example of participatory development. For example in Kegalle District alone 1, 83,203 people participated in 573 mobile services and 9,714 Government Officials contributed to success of the events. The number of equipment given free was 2,545. The number families living in 1,667 villages in the Kegalle District are 218,508 out of which 73,273 are Samurdhi beneficiaries.
The district’s mobile service units issued 4,860 birth, marriage and death certificates, 9,115 National Identity Cards and provided 300 crutches, wheel chairs and walking aids. The services also helped to solve 73 percent of agricultural problems and gave assistance to 1758 beneficiaries under Divi Neguma and 2,803 people under Tea Small Holdings Development. Deyata Kirula mobile services have solved 48 percent of problems relating to agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries and cottage industries.
Solutions have also been given to problems involving land deeds, proper usage of land and assistance provided for housing, water and power supply and infrastructure development.
Problems that remained unsolved in the three districts were attended to at electorate level under Phase Two of the Mobile Services from January 10, 2014 to the 28th. If any other problems need attention they will be provided with solutions under the Third and final Phase at the Deyata Kirula Exhibition.
Under Deyata Kirula common amenities programme, maternity clinics, weekly fairs, bus stands, crematoriums, small irrigation schemes, rural roads, new constructions, renovations, repairs and extensions, drinking water and power supply have been attended to. In addition wheel chairs and walking aids have been provided in response to individual appeals. Other assistance given includes organizing dental clinics, Western and Ayurvedic treatment for health problems and training for agricultural and fisheries sectors, animal husbandry and cottage industries.