The government had initiated over 55,000 development projects in various parts of the country during the last three years and it had spent over Rs. 55 billion rupees on them, Project Management, Youth Affairs and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayake said yesterday, addressing a meeting on developing infrastructure in rural areas.
“It’s tragic that we have failed to communicate this effectively to the public. Development communication must be at the heart of the government propaganda,” Ratnayaka said.
The Minister said that there was a dire need for a campaign to make people aware of what the government had done for the country.
“These issues need to be addressed. One would say it’s too late now, but we must understand the importance of these corrective measures. Development alone is not enough to stay on top of the game.
Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena, Prime Minister’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake, Secretary of the Ministry of Media and Finance Dr. R. H. S. Samaratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of Project Management, Youth Affairs and Southern Development Gamini Seneviratne and Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Athaudahetti were also present at the meeting.