Government plans to create 200,000 self-employment opportunities next year to uplift rural economy

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The government has planned to create 200,000 self-employment opportunities next year to uplift rural economy. Chairman of the presidential task force for economic revival and poverty elimination Basil Rajapakse said that Samurdhi managers and officials are entrusted with the leadership of directing Samurdhi recipients for livelihood programmes. He mentioned this during a discussion yesterday at the temple trees with Samurdhi managers. The discussion took place on future measures to be taken on Samurdhi home economy, micro finance self-employment and business development. The budget has paid more attention on empowering rural women by providing them with training, facilities and to provide solutions to youth un-employment. The government hopes to provide facilities for self-employment including in agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries, renewable power generation and cottage industries. The budget has also paid attention on the market place for rural products manufactured through such ventures. 25,000 new trade stalls will be launch in this regard. Therefor Mr. Basil Rajapakse said that Samurdhi Development Department is entrusted with a special responsibility when implementing budget proposals at rural level. The Samurdhi Development department spends about 1 billion rupees monthly on Samurdhi families. Mr. Rajapakse instructed Samurdhi Managers to work with regional coordinating committees to empower Samurdhi recipients with a strong economy. He further instructed to pay more attention to develop businesses of women entrepreneurs and on suitable livelihood programmes for un-employed youth.

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