11The 73rd Independence Day celebration was proudly held at the District Secretariat premises under the patronage of Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, District Secretary / Government Agent. After receiving the blessings of the Venerable Maha Sangha and other clergy, a two minute silence was observed in memory of the national heroes and war heroes who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country.

The tree planting program commenced at the auspicious time of 9.29 am. Simultaneously, a herbal garden was established at the District Secretariat premises. Planting of medicinal herbs was also taken place.

A Shramadana was followed by the officers.

161583363 726719501358175 3863354987299498327 oThe “Wari Saubhagya” Programme secures a prominent place in the ‘Vision of Prosperity’ ,the policy statement of His Excellency the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapakse. The main objective of “Wari Saubhagya” Programme is to upgrade agriculture based economy and the living standard of farmers by adjusting the rural paddy field bound tanks, weirs and the irrigation system.

Accordingly, the Elle Wewa Reservoir project was inaugurated today: 19.3.2021 with the patronage of the Minister of Water Supply Hon. Wasudewa Nanayakkara, Minister of Irrigations, State Minister of National Security, Disaster management and Home Affairs Hon. Chamal Rajapakse and with the participation of other Ministers and Members of Parliament and farmers at Weeralagala, Panamura in Embilipitiya.

The Chief Resident Engineer office of the Ellewewa Project Embilipitiya reveals that the cost estimated for this project is Rs. 1532 million and that the water capacity of the reservoir is 1.91 million cubic meters. 28 hectares are to be submerged at the full reservoir level ; the length of the dam is 200 metres and the width of the top of the dam is 06 metres and height is 24 metres.

This project has the capacity to supply irrigation water to cultivate 1127 Acres paddy land currently available in both Yala and Maha seasons as well as 350 Acres new lands to be cultivated.

In addition, some of the other objectives of this project are ; to provide drinking water under Kolonna drinking water scheme for the domestic use of the people in the Divisional Secretary’s Divisions of Embilipitiya and Kolonna; cultivating in an interim season apart from the main two seasons; establishing fresh water fishery, keeping the ground water levels at a higher level throughout the year, contributing to the tourist industry and development of infrastructure facilities of the area.
Hon. Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Hon. Governor of Sabaragamuwa Province Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, Hon. State Ministers Janaka Wakkumbura and Siripala Gamlath, Hon. Members of Parliament Gamini Waleboda and Muditha Prashanthi Soyza, District Secretary Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama attended this occasion.

163601759 731334974229961 7955710971590836982 nThe Ratnapura District Child Development Committee was held on 25.03.2021 at the District Secretariat Auditorium with the patronage of Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, the District Secretary Ratnapura.

Addressing the Child Development Committee, Chief Inspector, M.G. Pushpalatha , OIC of Child and Women Bureau of Ratnapura Division (Included 17 Police Stations) presented a comparative clarification on grave crimes against children and women reported to police stations in 2019 and 2020.

Considering the cases of grave crimes reported to the police stations in Ratnapura Division, 2 murders, 2 attempted murders, 77 rapes, 4 crimes connected with incest (incest means Sexual activity between two people who are very closely related in a family), 45 grave sexual abuses, 39 abductions (to take a child away illegally), 03 kidnaps, 2 cases regarding inhumane treatment, and 01 incident of causing grave injury are among the cases. Accordingly, the number of grave crimes reported was 175.

In 2020, considering the grave crimes against children reported to the police stations in the Division, 03 murder cases, 01 attempted murder case, 68 rape cases, 05 incest related cases, 40 grave sexual abuses, 34 abductions, 03 inhumane treatments, 03 cases of causing grave injuries were reported. Accordingly 159 child duress cases have been reported in 2020.

In the same way considering the grave crimes against women reported to the police stations in 2019, the total number of cases were 53 and 10 murders, 13 rapes, 01 case regarding incest, 23 cases causing grave injuries, 06 abductions were among them.

In 2020, 29 cases including 05 murders, 02 attempted murders, 12 rapes, 01 grave sexual abuse, 07 cases of grave injuries, 02 incidents of procuring (Procure is to provide a prostitute for money) were reported.

She further presented statistics on minor crimes against children reported to the police stations in 2019,viz. 69 cases of sexual abuses, 26 cases of assault and causing injuries recording the total as 95 cases

Similarly, in 2020, the total number of minor crimes against children reported was 84 and among them 74 were sexual abuse cases while 09 cases of assault and causing injuries, 01 criminal intimidation case are the others

She further pointed out that crimes against children were mostly reported from Ratnapura, Nivithigala, Kalawana, Kuruwita, Balangoda, Eheliyagoda, Pinnawala, Ayagama, Kiriella, Siripagama and Pelmadulla police areas.

In the same way, crimes against women were mostly reported from Ratnapura, Nivithigala, Kalawana, Kiriella, Balangoda, Kuruwita, Eheliyagoda, Pelmadulla and Weligepola police areas.

Accordingly crimes against both children and women were mostly reported from Ratnapura, Nivithigala, Kalawana, Kiriella, Kuruwita, Eheliyagoda, Pelmadulla and Balangoda .

Ms. G.D.L. Udayakumari, Additional District Secretary, the Divisional Secretaries in the district, the Child Rights Promotion Officer and other Public and non- governmental organization officers were present the event.

14The Development Committee for the Improvement of Local Production Industries with relevant to the National Programme for the Upliftment of Rural Economy was conducted on 29.03.2021 at the District Secretariat main auditorium,  with the Patronage of Hon. Minister Romesh Pathirana.

Hon. State Minister Janaka Wakkumbura, Hon. Akila Ellawala , Member of Parliament and co-chairman of District Coordinating Committee, Hon. John Senevirathna, Member of Parliament and former Minister, Hon Muditha de Soyza, Member of Parliament, former Members of Provincial Council, Chairmen of Pradeshiya Sabas, The Chief Secretary, the District Secretary, Secretaries to the Ministries, Additional secretaries, Chairmen of Corporations and Boards and public officers participated in the Committee.

0102District Secretary Ratnapura, Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama stated that determination, goal as well as commitment are must to achieve one’s life. She made these comments addressing the opening ceremony of the confectionery village Amupitiya in Eheliyagoda on the 6th of February 2010.

This confectionary village is a production house project for thirty selected entrepreneurs in the Amupitiya confectionery village in the Eheliyagoda Divisional Secretariat Division, jointly with the District Secretariat Ratnapura, Ratnapura District Small Enterprises Development Division under the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and the International Labor Organization with the patronage of the Japanese government.

The District Secretary further stated, "First of all I am very happy today having such a project to Ratnapura District. I want to thank all of you who contributed to this noble cause. Confectionery is one of the most important markets we have yet not recognized. We must produce everything possible in our country. It is then that the national economy is strengthened. The Amupitiya confectionery village which was opened today has a long journey to proceed. It is not a journey to go by flower beds alone. On this journey you will encounter rock, forest, thorns etc. After crossing difficult terrain, you will find a carpet road that is easily travell. Keep that goal and screen determination in mind and move on. Then your economy will be strong in a few years. Also, get your next generation involved in the production of sweets. It doesn't have to end here.

Upcoming Sinhala and Tamil New Year will bring a good market for the confectionery. Create a good brand as ‘Amupitiya for Sweets’. Then you can go a long journey in this field. ‘Hela Bojun’ in our country is one such brand. The staff at Hela Bojun is very hospitable to the customers. Such quality is also very important to this sector. A lot of people have won their lives through ‘Hela Bojun’. Bring this confectionery village to that level. I believe you have that capacity. These officers will give the necessary guidance. You should reach this level of marketing not only in our country but also internationally. That is our expectation. ”
Mr. M.A.B.V. Bandaranayake, Secretary to the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Mrs. D.M. Malani, Chief Secretary, Sabaragamuwa Province, Mr. Saman Waduge, Additional Secretary (Youth Affairs) of the State Ministry of Youth Affairs and Mr. Anura Ranasinghe, Additional Secretary (Planning) Ministry of Youth Affairs, Mr. Sudheera Jayaratne, Director (Small Business Development) Dr. Thomas Kring, Chief Technical Advisor of the International Labor Organization, Mr. W.P. Samanthilaka, District Director (Planning),a and the Divisional Secretary of Eheliyagoda, as well as Public Officers and entrepreneurs of Amupitiya Confectionery Village participated in this event.

 

04Face masks and disinfectant fluid donated from the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation to the District Secretariat on 11.05.2020 were distributed among the Divisional Secretariats with the precedence of theGovernment Agent Ratnapura, Mrs. MalaniLokupothagama and the Additional District Secretary Miss. G.D.L. Udayakumari.
These pieces of equipment were received by the Divisional Secretaries of Ratnapura and Kiriella representing all the Divisional Secretariats, on 11.05.2020.

03Face masks and hand sanitizerswere handed over to the District Secretary Mrs. MalaniLokupothagama by the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation at the District Secretariat, to be distributed among the Public Officers including Grama Niladaris and the Development Officers who are performing field duties in the District. The Branch Manager of the SLIC and the Additional District Secretary Miss. G.D.L. Udayakumari were present at the event.

12Steps have been taken to send many of the people remained in safety centres, due to the flood situation prevailed in Ratnapura District, back to their permanent residences. The District Secretary inspected whether due precautionary actions are being taken and followed properly in order to protect the people in safety centres from Covid – 19 pandemic. Accordingly, the District Secretary, Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama and the Additional District Secretary Miss. G.D.L. Udayakumari visited the safety centres situated at Bodhirajaramaya Viharaya, Rathneshwaran Shivan Kovil and Kudugalwaththa Jumma Mosque on 20.05.2020 and inspected the safety measures taken for the benefit of the families in such centres to avoid Covid -19 pandemic.

 

136976108 5539113022780835 8243677650857774472 oRatnapura District Livelihood Development Committee met at the auditorium of the District Secretariat on 09.01.2021 in connection with the National Program for the Upliftment of Rural Economy.
Hon. Prasanna Ranatunga, Hon. Dilum Amunugama, Hon. Shehan Semasinghe, Hon. Shashendra Rajapaksa, Hon. Janaka Wakkumbura, Ministers of the State, Sabaragamuwa Province Governor Hon. Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, Hon. John Seneviratne, Hon. Akila Ellawala, the Chairman of District Coordinating Committee, Hon. Gamini Waleboda, Members of Parliament together with former Provincial Council Ministers and Members, Chairpersons of Pradeshiya Sabhas, Chief Secretary of the Province, District Secretary, Divisional Secretaries and District Public Officers were present.

  

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A campaign of distributing stickers and leaflets to make aware the people who are vulnerable to high and medium risk situation due to flood was organized by the District Disaster Management Centre and the Divisional Secretariat Ratnapura and conducted today (28.05.2020) with the precedence of the Hon. Governer of Sabaragamuwa Province Mr. Tikiti Kobbekaduwa and the District Secretary/ Government Agent Ratnapura Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama.
The campaign was focused on the houses situated in the area with high and medium flood risk in Kapugampitiya village in Devalayagawa Grama Niladari Division in the Divisional Secretary’s Division of Ratnapura.

A concurrent distribution of instruction leaflets was also taken place to prevent Covid – 19 pandemic. Hon. Governor Mr. Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, The District Secretary Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, the Additional District Secretary Miss. G.D.L. Udayakumari, Divisional Secretary Ratnapura Mrs. Pradeepika Ilukkumbura, the Assistant Director of District Disaster Management Centre Mr. Muditha Manjula, District Irrigation Engineer Mr. Aruna Samarathunga, HQI Ratnapura IP Rohan Olugala and officers in the Divisional Secretariat and the District Disaster Management Centre participated in the event

A similar programme was conducted in the flood prone areas such as D.S. Divisions of Eheliyagoda, Kuruwita, Kalawana, Ayagama, Kiriella, Elapatha, Pelmadulla and Nivithigala in parallel to this programme.

 

 

156580594 1383662758641483 3735876641483774732 oMrs. P.G.N. Weerasuriya inaugurated as the new Divisional Secretary of Kalthota . Former Assistant Divisional Secretary of Kolonna Mrs. P.G.N. Weerasuriya (SLAS), amid the blessings of Maha Sangha and in the presence of Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama the District Secretary/Government Agent , inaugurated as the new Divisional Secretary of Divisional Secretariat Kalthota which was established by the Gazette Extra Ordinary of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka bearing No. 2147/28 and date 29.10.2019.

This office, on the 07th April, 2018 was nationalized as a sub office executed under the Divisional Secretariat Balangoda and duty covered by Mr. H.M. Hemantha Bandara the Divisional Secretary of Balangoda.

Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, government Agent of Ratnapura, introducing the new Divisional Secretariat, explained that this domain covers 94 square kilo metres in area and 14,734 individuals in 4,108 families .

The number of Grama Niladari Divisions in the Divisional Secretary’s Division is 12 namely; Kalthota – no.258, Medabedda -258B, thanjan thenna -258C, Kuragala – 258F, Neluyaya – 258E, Uggal Kalthota Left Bank -Left- 259, Uggal Kalthota Left Bank- Right – 259A, Diyawinna -260A, Welipathayaya – 260B, Molamura – 260C, Kalupedigama – 260E, Kongahamankada – 260F.

There is more than 30 kilo metres distance to Balangoda town from those GN Divisions. Moreover, the majority of the people in this area engaged in agriculture as a living. People living in those G.N. Divisions have proceed to Balangoda town traveling a long distance in order to obtain all services they need until the establishment of the new sub office of the Divisional Secretariat on 07.04.2018.

Accordingly, with the establishment of new Divisional Secretariat under a Divisional Secretary having expanded the Divisional Secretariat sub office enabled to render a full time service regarding every type of services that can be provided to the members of public living in the area. It may be a great comfort to the people. the Government Agent further added that the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Engineering Services Office has been assigned to prepare plans for the construction of all completed new building for the new Divisional Secretariat and that the Department of Management Services has approved the cadre required for the office.

The Maha Sangha lead by Rev. Welipatha Shasanawansha Thero, the President of Kalthota Shasanarakshaka Bala Mandalaya and the chief incumbent of Sri Abhinavaramaya, Willara, Welipatha, Budugala Somarathana Thero, the chief incumbent thero of Budugala Raja Maha Viharaya, Kalthota, and public officers including Mr. H.M. Hemantha Bandara Divisional Secretary of Balangoda and Mr. Amila Wijerathna Divisional Secretary Kolonna were present at the occasion.

02The flood disaster situation occurred in the Ratnapura town area, owing to prevailed heavy rain, was observed by the District Secretary/ Government agent Ratnapura, Mrs. MalaniLokupothagama and prompt instructions were given regarding the actions to be taken in advance.

44The Ratnapura District Social Infrastructure Facilities Development Committee was held on 12.01.2021 under the patronage of Hon. Namal Rajapaksa, Cabinet Minister in connection with the National Programme for the Upliftment of the Rural Economy.

Ven. Dodampahala Rahula Thero, Advisor (Pirivena) of the State Ministry of Dhamma Schools, Pirivenas and Bhikku Education and Ven. Kantale Vijithawansa Thero ,Director(Development), Ven. Morahela Sugathajothi Thero,Buddhist Affairs Coordinator, Ratnapura District Secretariat, Hon. Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, the Governor Sabaragamuwa Province, Hon. Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Hon. Janaka Wakkumbura, Hon. Piyal Nishantha, Hon. Sita Arambepola, Hon. Sisira Jayakody, the State Ministers, and Members of Parliament, Hon. Akila Ellawala, District Coordinating Co-Chairma Hon. Gamini Waleboda, Hon. Muditha Zoysa, Mrs. Ranjani Jayakody Provincial Secretary, Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, District Secretary, Ratnapura, Chairpersons and Mayors of the District, officials including Secretaries of State Ministries, Divisional Secretaries and Public Officers of the District were present.