|North to get three
CWE outlets by end July
Visit by ministers to
Jaffna bears fruit
By Santhush Fernando
Minister of Trade, Marketing Development, Co-operatives and
Consumer Services, Bandula Gunawardene, has assured Jaffna
consumers of the availability of consumer goods at fair prices
with the setting up three Co-op City outlets by end of this
month. The Minister stated during a ministerial delegation visit
to Jaffna this week.
Speaking to The Nation Minister of Indigenous Medicine, Tissa
Karalliadda explained that Minister Bandula Gunawardene had
assessed consumer woes while Minister of Power and Energy
Mahindananda Aluthgamage involved in finalising the timeframe
for electrification of North and he was entrusted with the
upliftment of indigenous medicine there.
“During a meeting with the Jaffna Chamber of Commerce, Jaffna
Traders and Agrarian Associations organised by Minister Douglas
Devananda, Minister Gunawardene promised Jaffna business leaders
that he will set up three Co-op City outlets in Jaffna and to
link them with the Narahenpitia Dedicated Economic Centre.”
Minister Karalliadda said.
“We were told by traders that it costs Rs 130,000 as
sea-freight to ship a 30-foot container but we calculated that
we can send containers by land costing less than that amount.
There are 24 cooperative societies in Jaffna and each has two
lorries, so that gives us nearly 50 lorries for a start,” he
“The farmers also discussed problems in obtaining the
fertilizer subsidy. At a separate meeting with Fisheries
Minister Felix Perera, fishermen of Jaffna had expressed their
gladness in relaxing restrictions on fishing. We are glad that
although it is a mere two months after complete end of
hostilities we have achieved this much although it needs to be
accelerated,” the Minister said.
Minister Karalliadda said that Jaffna Kaithadi Hospital would
be upgraded with Rs 17 m under President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s
directive and added two ward complexes. Five new ayurvedic
dispensaries were set up in Settikulam Vavuniya while another 33
pradeshiya ayurvedic centres would be set up with registered,
graduate and consultant Auyrvedic practitioners.
On June 28 lorry loads of northern produce, including two
freezer truck loads of famed crabs and prawns were dispatched to
Colombo by land for the first time in two decades showing a
clear sign of growing North-South commerce.
Earlier District Secretary of Jaffna K. Ganesh told The Nation
that because of the growing demand they have now decided to keep
the road open for private goods convoys every other day compared
to every ten days earlier.