Geographical boundaries to be rationalized, contradictions removed


by Zacki Jabbar

A proposal by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to rationalise the country’s geographical boundaries and remove the contradictions has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Government Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne told a news conference in Colombo yesterday that according to the Prime Ministers proposal the "existing contradictions" would be removed by every administrative unit being determined on the basis of Grama Niladhari Divisions, jointly by the Ministry’s of Home Affairs and National Policies and Economic Affairs, with the participation of all relevant parties.

Minister Senaratne pointed out that there were 14,021 Grama Niladhari Divisions which had been combined with 331 Divisional Secretariats and 25 Districts. "In operation are 160 polling divisions, 336 local authorities, 340 divisions of Medical Officers of Health and 311 Educational Divisions. However, some of these institutions acted regardless of the boundaries and with their own regional units. As a result, people who expected services from these institutions had to face several difficulties."

The Prime Ministers proposal in his capacity as Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs was aimed at removing the existing contradictions, the Minister said.

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