The government continues taking the responsibility of protecting the country’s traditional industries and the arts of the ancient eras and sustain them to the future generations, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The government initiated a lot of programs during the recent past for the welfare of the traditional industrialists, which boosted the living standard of them, he added.
The President was speaking at the Shilpa national award ceremony, held at BMICH yesterday (Feb. 25). This was organized by National Shilpa Sabha and conducted by the Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development, to commend the creations of Sri Lankan handcraft artisans.
President stated that the Government has allocated a considerable amount from the 2014 Budget to develop traditional industries. He recalled the steps has taken by the government to boost up female entrepreneurs, granting them non-interest loans.
President also said that the government set up traditional handicraft villages and took measures to develop them, making the Mahinda Chintana: Way Forward a reality.