Written by Bella Dalima
30 Sep, 2014 | 6:16 am
Beneficiaries of the Gemi Diriya Programme carried out demonstrations in several districts.The protests were held against the decision to integrate the Gemi Diriya programme with Divi Neguma.
The Gamediriya Programme was launched in 2004 under the purview of the Ministry of Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Development. However, a decision was made to handover the programme to the Ministry of Economic Development with effect from today, Tuesday.
Thereby, the Gemi Diriya will now function under the Divi Neguma bill which was enacted on January 8, 2013.
Thereby, all finances of the Gemi Diriya Programme will be handed over to the Divi Neguma Programme.A number of demonstrations were held against this decision.Around 3000 beneficiaries from Kurunegala and Kegalle districts gathered in Karawana Ella.
Beneficiaries of the Gemi Diriya Programme from Galle, Matara, and Hamabantota Districts carried out their protest opposite the Tissamaharama Raja Maha Viharaya.
Twenty thousand Gemidiriya beneficiaries from the Embilipitya, Balangoda and Kalutara Districts carried out a protest in the Ratnapura New Town area.
Demonstrations were also held in Monaragala and Nuwara Eliya areas as well.
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