Arrangements finalized to celebrate 64th Independence Day

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

All arrangements are in place to celebrate the country’s 64th Independence Day under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Sri Sambuddhatva Jayanthi Mawatha in Anuradhapura.

This year’s theme of the Independence Day is "Let us build up a miraculous motherland." This is the second time a national ceremony to celebrate the country’s independence is held in the North Central Province. The last time the Independence Day was commemorated in Anuradhapura was in 1980.

The Government took this decision to enable the rural population to witness important national events in their respective districts, Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister W.D.J. Senewiratne said yesterday (27) at a press conference held at the Government Information Department.

"Last year, the 63rd Independence Day was held in Kataragama, in the Uva Province. Kataragama as well as Anuradhapura are historical places and played an important role in the country’s history," he said.

He also said "We will not compromise the quality and the pageants although the Independence Day celebrations are held in rural areas."

He said that a special transport service would be launched by the Government for the benefit of the people coming from adjacent districts.

"More than 2552 artists representing all districts would take part in the cultural show. In addition some 2600 personnel from the three armed forces, Police and Civil Defense Force will parade," he added.

He also added that several development work at a cost of Rs 21, 000 million have been allocated to be carried out covering the entire district. Meanwhile, the sixth Deyata Kirula National Development Exhibition is being held in Oya Maduwa in the Anuradhapura district parallel to the Independence Day celebrations.

He stated that the renovation of irrigation tanks and reservoirs, roadways, electricity, hospitals and other common facilities are the projects already identified and being carried out at the moment in the district that would bring benefits to the people of the district and all projects would be completed before the main ceremony on February 4.

Religious ceremonies will be held in Colombo to mark the 64th Independence Day from February 2.

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