An awareness program about the updated National Physical Plan in the year 2022 was held under the chairmanship of the Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing on 26 September 2022 at the Ministry Secretary's Auditorium.
National Physical Paning Department conducted by the “Eastern Province Regional Physical plan – Stakeholder Workshop” on 20th September 2022
with chairmanship of Chief Secretary of the Eastern Province at Management Development Training Unit, Trincomalee.
Advice from Minister Prasanna to Heads of Institutions
A special discussion on the progress of the budget proposals for the year 2023 was held today (13) at the Ministerial Auditorium in Battaramulla,
Setshiripayaunder the chairmanship of the Chief Organizer of the ruling party, Urban Development and Housing Minister Mr. Prasanna Ranatunga.
Heads of 21 institutions under the Ministry participated in this discussion.
Speaking there, Minister Prasanna Ranatunga mentioned that this time his ministry should present budget proposals prepared to suit the modern world.
He also mentioned that if we do not work together with the new technology, the government institutions will not be able to take advantage of the proper
results. State Ministers of Urban Development and Housing Mr. Tenuka Vidanagamage, Mr. Arundika Fernando and Ministry Secretary Pradeep Ratnayake
and heads of institutions participated in this event.
Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says.
Urban Development and Housing Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, the chief organizer of the ruling party, said today (13) that he is ready to work together as one family with the two state ministers and other officials who have been appointed to his ministry.
He also mentioned that when working as a family, no one gets a chance to gossip and hurt each other.
The Minister said this while attending a discussion held today (13) at the Ministry's Auditorium in Setsiripay, Head of Institutions of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, Battaramulla.
Heads of 21 institutions under that institution participated in this discussion. This program was held with the aim of introducing new heads of state ministries and institutions.
The minister also said:
I have already distributed the institutions to the newly appointed state ministers. I am a person who likes to share work. This is not three ministries. Let us all work as one ministry.
Do not divide the work. In many places, officials including secretaries and ministers work separately. It is the main reason for the collapse of governments. Don't get ready to let us down because of that. We can't be fooled that easily. Let us work as one family and set an example for other ministries. It is easy to benefit from working together. So stop talking now and let's all work together.
Also, some officials work only on the basis of circulars. Circulars are for work, not for idleness. So get used to working not based on circulars. Otherwise we will all be in trouble. But I do not stand for the officials who do wrong work.
There are officials here with different political opinions. It doesn't matter to me. I just want to work. Some strongly criticize the appointment of state ministers at a time when the country is facing a severe economic crisis. As a cabinet minister, I and the newly appointed state ministers only receive the MP's salary. We are using the same vehicles we have, we have not bought new vehicles. Staff was limited. All ministers make sacrifices. So don't believe what is posted on social media. We don't have time to answer them unless we are working now.
Most of these institutions depend on the money received from the treasury. Now we want to look at running institutions without depending on the treasury. Only then will we be successful. The minister also mentioned that even if that is not the case, the existing crises will become more severe.
State Ministers of Urban Development and Housing Mr. Tenuka Vidanagamage, Mr. Arundika Fernando and Ministry Secretary Pradeep Ratnayake and heads of institutions participated in this event.
Preparation of Regional Physical Plan for Eastern Province by the National Physical Planning Department (NPPD) is commenced on 01st February 2022 at Governor’s Secretariat at Batticaloa with the participation of Hon. Governor of Eastern Province, Chief Secretary of Eastern Provincial Council, Director General NPPD, District Secretaries of Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Ampara many other officers of government institutions.
Mr. Sirinimal Perera ,the Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing has been visited the National Physical Planning Department on 3rd of Januarry 2022. That was a beginning of new working year with full of motivation and new guidance that given by his valuable speech.
We are in the process of updating National Physical Planning Policy and The Plan. It was necessary to update the National Physical Planning Policy and the Plan due to the changes in existing policies on different sectors which affect the spatial structure of the country, need of strengthening the implementation strategy, necessity of responding pandemic situations and incorporating the policy document ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendor’ in to the current National Physical Plan.
Pinnawala Township Development Plan has been prepared under the “Gama Samaga Pilisandara” programme. Pinnawala town center is located within Imbulpe Divisional Secretariat area in Ratnapura District. Plans will be prepared for a bus stand, shopping complex, a multipurpose building, a children’s park, preschool, playground and a facility building for “Pola” which were identified as key projects.
Rassagala Township Development Plan has been prepared under the “Gama Samaga Pilisandara” programme. Rassagala town center is located within Balangoda Divisional Secretariat area in Ratnapura District. Plans will be prepared for a bus stand, a shopping complex with a vehicle park, a multipurpose building, a three-wheeler park, children’s park and a library which were identified as key projects.