Rajarata Viskam and Anurapura Udanaya 2011
Ideal showcase for local quality products:
The invaluable contribution by small and medium scale industrialists
in the country should be commended. The economy in any country could be
developed not only with the support extended by industrialists but also
by cultivators and service suppliers. Therefore it is the duty of the
governments to provide necessary assistance to all sectors to carry out
their activities smoothly.
The forthcoming `Rajarata Viskam and Anurapura Udanaya 2011', the
three-day industrial exhibition which will be held at Swaranapali Balika
Vidyalaya, Anuradhapura on September 15, 16 and 17 will give a life long
opportunity to industrialists in the North Central Province to exhibit
products they had manufactured.
North Central Provincial Council Minister H.B. Semasinghe has made
necessary arrangements to make this exhibition a success.
When Sunday Observer sought Minister Semasinghe's comments on the
annual exhibition, he said the objective of holding this exhibition was
to give an opportunity to a large number of small and medium scale
industrialists in the North Central Province to exhibit their products
to visitors, all under one roof.
Minister H.B. Semasinghe
While thanking all the industrialists in the Anuradapura district for
their co-operation, Minister Semasinghe said the exhibition will help
them to establish a ready market for their products and will also
encourage them in their future production.
The expo will be conducted with the assistance of the Department of
Textile and the National Handicraft Council.
The Co-operatives, Trades Food, Textile Industries, Rural Development
and Industries Minister Semasinghe said industrialists and other
manufacturers of goods including cultivators are the backbone of the
country's economy and therefore it is the duty of the Government to
protect these sectors and also to encourage them to develop their
He said industrialists as well as service suppliers along with
cultivators make a remarkable contribution to improve the country's
economy. The exhibition is open to all sectors in the District to
exhibit their products and their services cannot be valued from rupees
The Minister was of the view that people in Anuradapura and suburban
districts faced immense hardships for more than three decades due to the
conflict. Industries were closed down and cultivators could not continue
with their regular activities. The educational activities too were
He said Mahinda Rajapaksa Government was able to change this scenario
within a short time, with the help of Armed Forces.
He said now that a peaceful atmosphere is prevailing in the entire
Anuradapura district, people are leading a happy and peaceful life. They
are also engaged in their own activities like in the past. The
exhibition will also give them an opportunity to exhibit their products.
The chief organisers of the exhibition are the Department Industrial
Development of the North Central Province, Rural Development Department
and the Chamber of Commerce.
The organisers expect a large number of leading local and foreign
industrialists and businessmen at the exhibition. They will participate
with the objective of providing raw materials to small and medium scale
industrialists and also to order their finished products such as
ready-made garments, handicraft including batiks, reed wear, clay
products, brass wear , cane products, processed food items, ornamental
The member societies of the North Central co-operatives, handicraft
and garment industries , Agriculture Board and the North Central Housing
Ministry will also extend their co-operation to make the exhibition a
The organisers will also conduct seminars for school children and
people on various industries during the exhibition period . These
seminars will be conducted within the assistance of the Consumer
Authority, the Central Environmental Authority and the Mahailluppallama
Agriculture Research Development Institute.
Minister Phrasemaking also said many industrialists in the country
still face untold hardships to develop their industries. They face
financial problems and many of them stop their regular productions due
to lack of raw materials.
"My objective is to meet small, medium and large scale industrialists
regularly to discuss their problems and help them to develop their
When interviewed some residents in Anuradapura, about the forthcoming
exhibition, an industrialist in Anuradapura West, Sumanapala Saparamadu
said he will have a batik shop at the exhibition and unlike in the past
the raw materials which will used to make batik clothing very expensive
and requested the Government to reduce the taxes for the benefit of over
200 families who are involved in the industry.
Sumanawathi Peiris, a handicraft manufacturer thanked the organisers
for conducting such an exhibition and said the exhibition is held once a
year and requested them to hold such exhibitions at least thrice a year.
Fifty-two-year-old Kusumpala, a traditional goods manufacturer
proposed to the Government to hold such exhibitions at the Katunayaka
Airport premises and also at the BMICH , in Colombo, so that
manufacturers could earn a tidy sum as income every year.
North Central Provincial Council officials Mrs Chandra Chandradasa,
W.M.R.B. Weerasekara, Ms. Anoma Manel, Ms. Karuna Kulatunga , Director
Upul Wehara and Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Director P.B.
Dissanayaka will also attend the three-day exhibition.