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Programme launched to provide jobs for Eastern youth - Basil
The Government has already commenced a massive programme to provide employment oriented development programmes for youth, especially the Tamil speaking youth in the Eastern Province, with the participation of the private sector, the Central government and billions of rupees in foreign assistance from funding Agencies, Senior Advisor to the President Basil Rajapaksa (MP) said.

The senior Advisor who is giving leadership to the government’s ‘Nagenahira Navodaya’ (Eastern Revival ) Programme and the UPFA’s election campaign in the East, speaking from Trincomalee last morning, said steps had been taken, with billions of rupees in assistance from USAID, to establish an effective system of providing technical /vocational skills and higher educational training to many thousands of Tamil speaking youths. The programme had already commenced in the three districts of Batticaloa, Digamadulla and Trincomalee .

Steps were being taken to provide scholarships for higher technical and vocational training abroad and thousands of skilled youths would be provided employment opportunities in the Middle East, Gulf countries and Korea, he said.

He said steps had been taken to provide employment to all Tamil speaking graduates within the next three months.

The Karadiyanaru farm would be elevated to a model Agricultural Research Centre and affliated to the Batticaloa campus.

Steps were also being taken to establish a state of the art Information Technology Institute adjoining the Trincomalee Port, he said.

An Industrial village is to be set up in Thampalakamam in Trincomalee.

Assistance would be provided to establish Agro farms and Agro –based industries will be set up in the Batticaloa district with the participation of the private sector, he said .

An export –processing village is to be set up at Oluvil and the mineral sands corporation will be modernized to commence processing the minerals for export providing over 3,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities. The modernised Valachchenai paper factory will be inaugurated on May 7, he said.

While the Hingurana sugar factory has already commenced operations the farmers around the Kantalai sugar factory, who have shifted to growing alternate crops such as maize would be provided with water through funding from the World Bank. A special irrigation channel

The Senior Advisor said President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the UPFA Government was fully committed to provide opportunities for the youth, especially Tamil speaking youth, in the Eastern province for their social and economic recovery and development within a period of three years.

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