“Rs. 13 billion was invested in rural development projects in 101 Local Authorities in the North Eastern, North Central, North Western and Uva provinces and 1,190 development projects were completed,” Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha said.
The minister made this at NELSIP progress review meeting at the Ministry.
“Working on rural development projects are more important than carrying out large-scale development projects. We could re-establish activities of the Northeast civil society affected by the 30•year-war by carrying out village level development schemes.” he said.
The Minister said a massive rural infrastructure development was carried out under the NELSIR but no publicity was given for them.
Under development projects, 852 km of rural roads, 140 markets and fairs, 14 water supply projects, 74 parks and play grounds and 36 multi-functional buildings were built, the Minister said.
“The projects were funded by the World Bank and the Australian Government. Divisional audit committees, village planning committees and village development plans were introduced. Those will be extended to other Local Authorities,” the Minister further added.