Today: Thursday April 2, 2015

Rural Development

Rural Development

The Government Policy Document Mahinda Vision For Future, Village has been considered as the centre for growth replacing the existed Top-Down policies in development. Gama Neguma initially encompassed both infrastructure development and livelihood development until Divi Neguma was introduced exclusively for livelihood development. The concept behind Divi Neguma Programme is to strengthen the families to make them empowered household economic units. The ultimate goal of these programmes is to make all 16,000 villages prosperous units by 2016.

These programmes will address the areas of infrastructure, education, health, and social development. Furthermore, the 2014 budget also supports these efforts through various other complementary development programs.


  1. Divi Neguma Programme

Main objective of this programme is to strengthen the family economy through establishment of healthy and economically empowered Domestic Units.

DiviNeguma Programme attempts to uplift livelihood of the community through Agriculture, Livestock and Cottage Industries encompassing total population with the aim of converting each household to be a domestic economic unit ensuring food and nutrition security with increased income and reduced expenditure to create a self-reliant economy.


  1. Gama Neguma Programme

One Village One Work Programme

An allocation of Rupees One Million per Grama Niladhari Division will be made under this programme which should be compulsorily spent for the development in each Grama Niladhari Division.  Three development projects at most could be implemented with this provision and could be used for livelihood development projects such as   provision of requisite equipment for those engaged in hand loom industry, establishment of such centres and design centres, Ornamental fish projects etc.

  • Gama Neguma Special Projects


In case the value of projects in a Grama Niladhari Division proposed for  One Village One Work Programme exceeds Rs. One Million, funds could be provided for such projects from the provision set apart for this Programme. Above mentioned projects also may be implemented under this programme.

  1. Palath / PuraNeguma

Projects limited to three or four Grama Niladhari Divisions could be implemented under this programme.  The programme consists of development of child and maternity clinics, establishment of weekly fairs, construction of promenades etc.

One of the main projects under the Pura Neguma programme was setting up of weekly fairs (SathiPola) with the aim of strengthening linkage between the home-based supplier and the consumer by developing infrastructure facilities required for marketing. Any infrastructure development or livelihood development projects could also be implemented under this programme.


  1. Re-construction of minor irrigation works and   Cultivation of abandoned paddy lands.

Economically  viable projects such as construction and rehabilitation of tanks, anicuts, and canals which are related to storing and distribution of water for agricultural purposes along with cultivation of abandoned paddy fields could be executed under this programme with the exception of reclamation of paddy fields and constructions therein.

  • Projects with active labour participation from the relevant Farmer Organization and which will cover larger extent of cultivable lands should be selected.
  • In the case cultivating abandoned paddy lands, priority should be accorded to projects which will include alternate cultivations without reclamation and which will contribute towards increasing productivity.


  1. Construction of rural bridge related access roads and  Development of related hamlets

Wider benefits could not be accrued to the remote hamlets due to non-availability of adequate transport facilities. In order to provide transport facilities to such areas, programmes related to access roads to bridges, culverts, agricultural roads, construction of fishery and colony roads etc. could be undertaken. Further, metaling, tarring, repairing, laying of paving-blocks, concreting and construction of culverts etc. could be undertaken under development of by-roads. In case of projects implemented by local government institutions, relevant provision will be released to the related institutions through the Commissioner of Local Government.


  1. Programme for Improvement of Facilities in Rural Schools

It is expected to improve facilities including sanitary facilities in rural areas as an investment for future younger generation.

1.         Provision of electricity and water

2.         Fences and gates in school premises

3.         Repairs and painting of existing buildings

4.         Preparation of name boards in schools

5.         Repairs to teacher -quarters

6.         Repairs to class-rooms

7.         Any capital expenditure other than purchasing of equipment



  1. Wild Life and Thickets Conservation Programme


I.            Areas where wild animals are affected have been categorized as A, B, C and D on the basis of information available in the Department of Wild Life Conservation and   accordingly, allocation of funds made for 50 electorates.

II.            These funds should be spent only for specific work item in the relevant electorate.

III.            Plans to be prepared Divisional Secretary Division wise, by the Department of Wild Life Conservation and implemented by the Divisional Secretariats though Farmer Organizations, Department of Civil Security and Community Organizations.


  1. Decentralized Capital Budget Programme

Provision under the Vote of the Ministry of Economic Development, at the rate of Rs. 5.0 Million each for all Members of Parliament will be made available for the projects identified by them.


  1. Special projects falling under the proposals of People’s Representatives

All members of Parliament of the ruling party may, under guidance stipulated in the manual, implement Infrastructure Development and Livelihood Development Projects including minor irrigation projects, agricultural roads, rural school buildings and sanitary facilities, roads in estates and remote areas, weekly fairs, Fishery and anchorage ferries, development of crematoriums etc.. An allocation of Rs. 25 Million per Member will be made available which may be allocated at constituency level as well as district level.


Please call the following number for further information if you have any questions on the above programs.



Designation and Name Telephone
Additional Secretary Mr. Shantha Bandara   (Rural Development) 0112-673638
Director General  (Regional Development Planning ) Mr. Monty Ranatunga 0112-673494

Regional Directors Telephone
Director Ms. Rasadari Sooriyaarachchy (Poverty Alleviation & SAARC) 0112-681653
(Region No -01, Colombo, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Ratnapura)
Director Ms. Pushpa Nissanka (Self Employment) 0112-673625
(Region No-02, Gampaha, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Kegalle)  
Director Mr. G D D Kumara   (Divi Neguma) 0112-166760

(Region No-03, Kandy, NuwaraEliya, Matale, Badulla)

Director Ms. M. C. K. Dhammika (Gama Neguma)   0112-673626
(Region No-04,Monaragala, Ampara, Hambantota)
Director Ms. N Jayawadani 0112-681657

(Zonal No- 05, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Batticaloa)

Director Mr. M I A Wahabdeen (Decentralized Capital Budget Programme) 0112-681644

(Zonal No- 06, Killinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya, Jaffna)