Devananda Pays To Vocational Training Centre For The Disabled

(September 30, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Douglas Devananda, Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare, paid a surprise visit to the Vocational Training Centre at Seeduwa on the last 27th where disable youths from all parts of the Island are receiving training in various vocations.
This Vocational Training Centre, commenced by the Missionaries in 1948 was handed over later to the Ministry of Social Services and Social Welfare, since then it has been managed by this Ministry. At present there are about 120 disable resident youths receiving training here. The Minister queried many officials attached to the centre as he had been reported of many a shortcoming concerning its administration.

The Training Centre stretches over an area of 14 acres and it is the only training institute in the Island imparting training to the disable youths. Training in 14 disciplines including computer technology, carpentry and handicraft are covered here.The Minister after having queried the employees of the institute as well as the trainees expressed his intention of taking steps deemed necessary for development of the Centre. Having inspected the water supply system, electricity supply and building shortcomings he instructed the officials to resort to immediate action for regularizing them. The Minister also contacted, the Secretary of the Ministry of Highways to design an effective drainage system to the Centre to rid of the excess rain water flowing to the premises due to haphazard constructions carried out in the area. The Minister instructed the officials to look into the food supply, shortcomings of kitchen utensils and equipment and raw materials needed for training programmes.
- Sri Lanka Guardian