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The government wants houses designed with grocery stores built into them to promote women entrepreneurship at village level.

Basil Rajapaksa

 


To this end, the government intends to advise the National Housing Development Authority to design houses with a room to accommodate a grocery store as part of the household. 


“Select a woman in every village and work towards building women entrepreneurship facilitating a grocery store inside their houses,” said Basil Rajapaksa, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force for Economic Revival and Eradicating Poverty.


“When a house is designed or built by the National Housing Development Authority, incorporate a grocery into that house so that it could remain open both day and night,” he added.


Speaking at a meeting in Kandy organised by the government’s rural economic development programme titled, ‘Return to the Village with Work (Wada Samaga Yali Gamata)’, Rajapaksa said in this way the villager who grows vegetables or the village’s dairy farmer and the poultry farmer could sell their produce via these groceries.


However, while reviving the village economy remains important, the authorities should pay close attention to following environmental and local government regulations on residential and commercial constructions.


It is not uncommon to find commercial buildings, factories and various kinds of workshops in the middle of highly residential areas in Sri Lanka, which shows poor planning, loopholes in regulations and corruption.

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  • Martin Milton Thursday, 24 December 2020 06:19 PM

    This is a good idea if it can be worked out. I will NEVER favour sale of Poultry at such premises for obvious reasons. That will be a very retrograde step. However Vegetables will be the' Go'. MM

    Econ-Mutt Friday, 25 December 2020 07:50 AM

    Jolly good idea!! Let all unemployed women start a grocery store. At least the family will always have food security even if Covid 21 attacks. Funding? Ask the state Banks!!

    C Fernando Friday, 25 December 2020 02:51 PM

    Mr Rajapakasa If you are serious about promoting women entrepreneurship thru the expansion of the retail sector , bring in controls to stop big supermarkets chains opening up all over the country ... they are killing the small man and woman in business... Second bring in controls on micro finance lenders who are driving people to suicide because they can't repay those exorbitant interest rates and 3rd enforce the state banks to develop loan schemes for rural entrepreneurs using International Financial institutes concessional loans eg ADB ,IFC and make it work without political interference . If these can be done you will be a star otherwise another average politician , making little or no impact despite wielding huge power

    Don sena Friday, 25 December 2020 07:30 PM

    It is an idea good in theory. But when ever village already have one or two Kade, this would not work. Instead Cottage industry my have a better outcome.


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