Fin­min presents equip­ment to Sa­mur­dhi ben­e­fi­cia­ries

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It is this gov­ern­ment’s vi­sion to re­build in­ter­na­tional trade, which is known to have flour­ished in this coun­try dur­ing the Anu­rad­ha­pura and Polon­naruwa eras, said Fi­nance and Me­dia Min­is­ter Man­gala Sa­ma­raweera at a cer­e­mony held in Matara to hand over equip­ment to Sa­mur­dhi ben­e­fi­cia­ries, who had ben­e­fited from the scheme and reached fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity.

Ro­man, Chi­nese and Per­sian coins, which have sur­faced at ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tions in Anu­rad­ha­pura and Polon­naruwa, are proof that in­ter­na­tional trade flour­ished in this coun­try even at that time.

“It is our vi­sion to as­sist thou­sands of small-scale en­trepreneurs through our next bud­get pro­posal, which would help us reach our goals,” he said. The gov­ern­ment elected to of­fice on Au­gust 16, 1994 in­tro­duced the ‘Sa­mur­dhi’ scheme to im­prove and take for­ward the ‘Gam Udawa’ and ‘Janasaviya’ poverty al­le­vi­a­tion schemes.

“It is my opin­ion that most ‘Sa­mur­dhi’ re­cip­i­ents should reach fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity within two or three years but I have doubts if even the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of the ‘Sa­mur­dhi’ scheme are be­ing achieved at present.

I con­grat­u­late you for reach­ing fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity with the as­sis­tance you were pro­vided through the ‘Sa­mur­dhi’ scheme and hope your en­ter­prises will flour­ish fur­ther with the equip­ment pre­sented to you to­day.”

The re­cip­i­ents were pre­sented with var­i­ous types of equip­ment in­clud­ing deep­freezes, in­dus­trial sewing ma­chines, air con­di­tion units and sa­lon equip­ment to im­prove their en­ter­prises and reach fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity.

Pro­vin­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Chandima Ras­a­puthra, Matara Di­vi­sional Sec­re­tary Pradeep Rath­nayaka, Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Dr. R.H.S. Sa­ma­rathunga, Matara Di­vi­sional Sec­re­tary Dar­shana Wick­re­marachchi and other gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials were present.

Fi­nance and Me­dia Min­is­ter Man­gala Sa­ma­raweera chats with a re­cip­i­ent who has ben­e­fited from Sa­mudhi scheme

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