Several new housing projects planned for the future to provide homes for the homeless in the Batticaloa district

  • Increased allowances for pre-school teachers to take effect this week- Says the President at Youth meeting in Batticaloa.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe announced that several new projects, including housing initiatives for the homeless in Batticaloa district, are planned to commence in the next few years to enhance the livelihood of the residents.
Meanwhile, the President announced that the government has increased the allowance for pre-school teachers by LKR 2,500, which will take effect this week.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe made these remarks during a meeting held yesterday (23) with school leavers and unemployed youth in the Chenkaladi area, Batticaloa.
A significant number of youths from the locality attended the meeting, and the President responded positively to their inquiries.
The queries posed by the youth and the responses provided by the President are outlined below.
The Eastern Province alone has over 1800 preschools, yet the stipend received by the teachers there is insufficient. Is there a plan to increase their allowance?
We have decided to raise the allowance of preschool teachers by LKR 2500. This initiative will be implemented from this week.
A large number of people in this area lack basic facilities, including permanent housing. Is there a plan to implement a program to provide housing and infrastructure for them?
The last quarter of this year coincides with elections, so starting work this year may not be feasible. However, we have planned to initiate several new housing projects over the next few years.
Additionally, there are plans to significantly develop tourism in this area, alongside the implementation of an agriculture modernization program. These initiatives are expected to bring substantial development to the province in the coming years. Furthermore, we are collaborating with India to develop Trincomalee city and its port. These activities are anticipated to create more job opportunities for the youth of the Eastern Province in the future.
There are numerous educated young people in the Karadianaru area. Is there a possibility of establishing an industrial zone here for them?
Member of Parliament Mr. Ali Zaheer Maulana,
A program has been formulated to set up a large garment factory in the Eravur Kondakkuda area of Batticaloa district. This initiative aims to generate numerous job opportunities for unemployed youth in the province. Furthermore, we anticipate launching several projects, including additional factories, based on various investments in this region. It is noteworthy that these initiatives were initiated by President Ranil Wickremesinghe during his tenure as Prime Minister in the good governance government.
Eastern Province Governor Senthil Thondaman, State Ministers S. Viyalanderan and Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, along with President’s Senior Adviser on National Security and Presidential Chief of Staff Sagala Ratnayaka, were among the dignitaries present at the event.