Sri Lankan President focuses on intellectual development in pre-budget discussions

Sept 07, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has focused his attention on intellectual development in the country.

During pre-budget meetings held today at Temple Trees to obtain views and suggestions from ministries of Postal Services, Telecommunication and Information Technology and Mass Media and Information on the preparation of the budget 2012, the President has pointed out the need to focus special attention on popularizing technical knowledge throughout the country.

The President has emphasized the importance of implementing island wide the Nenasala programme, President’s brainchild to spread IT knowledge to rural Sri Lanka.

He has also pointed out that heads of institutions should coordinate with the universities for the selection of proficient officials for the relevant institutions.

The Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media and Information W.B. Ganegala has explained about the training programmes being held for the media personnel and about the loan facilities being given.

Scientific Affairs Senior Minister Tissa Vitharana, Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, Postal Services Minister Jeevan Kumaranatunga, Telecommunication and Technology Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and Finance and Planning Ministry Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara participated in the discussion.

(Photo by Nalin Hewapathirana)

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