Gramashakthi – New Poverty Programme of President Launched

President Maithripala Sirisena will launch his Poverty Alleviation programme Gramashakthi today at BMICH. Earlier, he declared the year 2017 as the ‘Year of Poverty Alleviation’ and the Gramashakthi is meant to be the people’s sector initiative in the three-limb approach, where state and private sectors are the other components.

Under the Gramashakthi People’s Movement, as the Presidential secretariat announced, 1000 Grama Seva Divisions (GND) will benefit in its first stage. Each GND will receive a package of close to 10 million rupee large fund, if the area is has a population of 1000 people, once they form a community-owned company, based on principles of transparency and inclusivity.

President Maithripala Sirisena tweeted:

“Today, I’m launching Gramashakthi People’s Movement to end poverty in Sri Lanka. It is our last battle to ensure that nobody’s left behind.”

The President said he will visit each district from next month onwards, to ensure that Gramashakthi is implemented without any hindrance.

Elaborating the structure of the President’s initiative “Year of Poverty Alleviation – 2017”, president Sirisena tweeted “The 3Ps of my government’s poverty alleviation programme: People, Public Sector and Private Sector.”

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