Pakistan reaches out to Eastern Province with clean drinking water supply projects


The High Commissioner of Pakistan Seema Ilahi Baloch and Governor Eastern Province, Mohan Wijewickrama, visited the Morawava District for the inauguration of three Clean Drinking Water Projects for the needy Muslim, Sinhalese and Tamil communities of the Eastern Province, according to a statement issued by the HC of Pakistan.

Pakistan HC statement: "These projects are fully funded and gifted by the Government of Pakistan to Rotawewa, Awweinagar and Track 6 Village of the Moraweva DS Division. These projects were handed over to the respective communities subsequent to the inauguration. The Rotawewa village is inhabited by the resettled muslim families, whereas Track-6 houses Buddhist Sinhalese families, while, Awweinagar is a Tamil resettlement.

"In order to understand the needs of local communities in the selected areas a rapid assessment was conducted by the High Commission in liaison with Governor Wijewickrama and the concerned local government. The Need Assessment findings presented provision of clean drinking water as a priority project for the selected communities. Accordingly, three projects for provision of clean drinking water were finalized with the assistance of Divisional Secretariat Moraweva, under the guidance of the Eastern Province Governor.

"The Divisional Secretariat Moraweva, implemented these projects with the assistance of the local communities under the guidance and monitoring of the Governor and the sponsorship of Pakistan High Commission in Colombo.

"These projects would add to various projects from the Government and people of Pakistan for their Sri Lankan brethren in health, education and livelihood sectors. These projects includes construction of the district Hospital Akurana; construction of a 3 storeyed state of the art school in Gampaha District, equipping science laboratories in schools, 30 computer centres and 6 stitching centers, providing ambulances to hospitals, annual awards of Jinnah Scholarships to students for continuation of education, and the annual awards of long-term scholarships for study of medicine, engineering, dentistry and pharmacology in Pakistan.

"Since 1948, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have consistently maintained close, cordial and mutually supportive relationship. Both countries have made impressive efforts to preserve and build on these solid foundations."

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