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President Maithripala Sirisena says development projects should be planned while ensuring the protection of the environment and wildlife.

The President made these remarks at a meeting to review the progress of the Polonnaruwa District Development Committee, held yesterday (June 23) at the President’s Office.

The discussions focused on the future development activities that should be carried out within five years in the Polonnaruwa District.

The attention was paid on promoting irrigation and agricultural products, road development, completing of physical and human resources in the sectors of education and health as well as development of infrastructure facilities, in reaching development goals.

The President emphasized that special attention should be paid on the rural areas when providing required facilities in the health and education sectors in the country.

He also instructed the relevant officials to prepare a special programme to minimize teacher shortages and to fulfill human resource needs in the education sector, within a year.

The discussion also included the proposal to upgrade a few selected town to the level of technological towns by providing new technological facilities under the town planning project, named ‘Visal Polonnaruwa’.

Chief Minister Peshala Jayarathna, Deputy Ministers Wasantha Senanayake, Chandrasiri Sooriyarachchi and officials representing the Provincial councils and Local Government Institutions in the Polonnaruwa District.

President’s Secretary to President P. B. Abeykoon, Ministry Secretaries, and District Secretary Polonnaruwa too were present.

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