Nenasalas prove President wants all to benefit from ICT: Minister Siyambalapitiya

Nenasalas prove President wants all to benefit from ICT: Minister Siyambalapitiya

Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says that President Mahinda Rajapaksa is very keen that the benefits of ICT accrue to all. The Minister said so while inaugurating 21 new Nenasalas in the North recently.

Speaking further on the occasion the Minister emphasised: the President wishes that every child develops his /her talents to the utmost. The Nenasalas set up island-wide including the 21 set up in the North are an eloquent proof of this. “Every child irrespective of his place of birth, language spoken, religion practised or any other such factor, is very precious to the President”, the Minister added.

Speaking further on the occasion the Minister said that the Nenasala project was the flagship project implemented under the guidance of the President for bringing the dividends of ICT to the village. It is significant that on 16th September 2013 the first of these 21 new Nenasalas which is also the 700th Nenasala in the country, was launched in Kottadi, Point Pedro. It is the Kottadi Women Village Development Society Nenasala.

Under the instruction of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, ICTA had made arrangements to set up 41 new Nenasalas in the Northern Province. For this the ICTA had invited applications from eligible community-based organisations.  These Nenasalas are implemented under the responsibility of the relevant CBOs under ICTA’s supervision.

The first 21 of the 41 new Nenasalas (Wisdom Outlets) were inaugurated on the 16th and 17th of this month (September) by Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya within 24 hours. ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) representatives including CEO Reshan Dewapura, Director Strategic Communications and Media Athula Pushpakumara, Senior Programme Head - Re-engineering Government & Admin. and Operations D.C. Dissanayake, Programme Head- Monitoring & Evaluation Jagath Seneviratna and Programme Manager - Information Infrastructure Gavaskar Subramaniam, Telecommunication and Information Technology Ministry representatives, representatives from the CBOs, students and the general public of the area concerned also participated in the inauguration.

The Minister underlined that  the President was deeply keen on the ICT skills improvement and the concomitant improvement in the standard of life of all people without discrimination. Representatives of the newly inaugurated Nenasalas expressed their gratitude to the President and all others who had had a share in the setting up of these Nenasalas.

The facilities provided at the Nenasalas include  photo copying, color printing, binding, laminating, skype and e-Services. IT courses suitable for youths and school children are to be provided at these centres. Once the 41 new Nenasalas are in place, the total number of Nenasalas in the Northern Province will be 59. This will comprise Nenasalas in the Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mullaitivu, and Vavuniya Districts. Currently there are 720 Nenasalas island-wide.

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