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The European Union has launched one of the largest programmes of development support in Sri Lanka with a contribution of 5.4 billion rupees in order to reduce poverty in the Uva and Central provinces.

Speaking at the launch alongside the Governors, Chief Ministers and Chief Secretaries of Uva and Central Provinces, the Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Tung-Lai Margue said “This programme has been designed with the needs of the poorest in mind. From better water and sanitation to increasing technical knowledge and empowering women, people in these rural areas should see a marked improvement in their lives.”

The grant, which is a part of the EU’s wider programme of support to rural development in Sri Lanka, will benefit rural communities in the Monaragala, Badulla, Nuwara Eliya and Matale Districts.

The program is expected to be operational for five years.