2The 5th Provincial Steering Committee Meeting of the Rural Infrastructure Development Project in Emerging Regions (RIDEP) was chaired by Mr.Thusitha P.Wanigasinghe , the Chief Secretary of the EPC on 02nd July 2020 at 10.30 a.m. at the EPC Conference Hall, Varothayanagar, Trincomalee. Eng.A.B.Ilangasinghe, the National Project Director of RIDEP, District Secretaries of Batticaloa & Ampara , Secretaries , Deputy Chief Secretaries , Heads of Departments , relevant Divisional Secretaries , Seniors officials from central departments , Directors of Planning from three District Administration and Provincial Project Staff participated at this meeting.

Mr.N.Thamilchelvan, DCS-Planning serving as the Provincial Project Director of the Provincial Implementation Unit of the RIDEP presented in detail the Background of the Project including scope of the activities  and the current status of the project. The forum has a productive discussion in detail about the project and took constructive decisions on various shortcomings and issues risen at ground level in each district.Chief Secretary emphasized on the importance of the project, involving with huge investment from JICA in all three districts under three vital components and he sensitively requested all the stakeholders from various entities to work together in a cordial manner for bringing the successful of the project which would really result in the betterment of the poor people of the Eastern Province as an ultimate objective of the province. 

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