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Schoolchildren in remote areas get bicycles

2013 Jun 18

Irangika Range

Over 750 new bicycles will be distributed among underprivileged schoolchildren selected from remote areas in the Matara district.

Around 250 bicycles were distributed under the first stage of the programme, among schoolchildren at a ceremony held under the patronage of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma at the Matara Municipal Council.

The 250 bicycles were distributed among students faced with transport difficulties when attending schools to encourage them to frequently attend schools in the Matara district.

The Private Transport Services Ministry in collaboration with the National Transport Commission initiated the project called Sisu Seriya to provide free bicycles to students in remote areas inconvenienced due to a poor public transport service.

Under this programme, around 3,150 schoolchildren in remote areas in Anuradhapura, Ampara, Batticaloa, Kilinochchi, Kinniya, Hambantota, Nuwaraeliya, Kotmale, Hanguranketha, Trincomalee, Monaragala and Matara were provided new bicycles free of charge.

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