Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday that the Government plans to launch a countrywide programme to provide financial assistance to women for the introduction of grassroots projects.
These projects would be implemented with the direct contribution of women and the government is presently studying the mechanism to be adopted for the implementation of this project,” he said.
He added that this project is to be implemented around the country in addition to the Gamperaliya programme and the people would be kept informed about all details of the programme soon.
The Prime Minister was addressing a workshop to educate women at Temple Trees yesterday.
“This year is a unique year for women as the present government succeeded in increasing the number of women’s representatives in Local Government to 22 per cent from 1 per cent. The government intends to further increase it to 25 per cent”, the Premier said.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe added that the women have a role in the implementation of the Gamperaliya programme at grass root level.
He added the government has introduced a scheme to provide loans for the construction of Day Care Centres with World Bank asistance.