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Dr. Gunawardhana lays foundation stone for new Laksela showroom called “Laksala – Ella”

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Transport, Highways and Mass Media Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana yesterday laid the foundation stone for the construction of new Laksala showroom called “Laksala – Ella” at the Ella railway station which will be implemented as a joint project  by Sri Lanka Railways and Sri Lanka Handicrafts Board.

It will be constructed under the financial provisions of Laksala and the ground floor will be equipped with a public car park and the first floor will be constructed as the Laksala showroom in a manner suitable for tourism in the area. This will create a new market for local handicraftsmen and home-based self-employed designers in the area.

It is also planned to allocate a special space to the creations of handicraftsmen from Badulla district and Uva Province.

Addressing the ceremony, the Minister said “It is very important to start a very effective programme jointly by Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) and Laksala as 5 percent of the profit earned from this project will be directly received by the SLR. No illegal transaction has happened through this project as this is a joint project between two government-owned institutions.

There is a risk that the country will return to the crisis situation that prevailed in the country two years ago if it is not possible to open up ways to bring in more dollars into the country. We have been able to manage the country to the current situation by saving foreign exchange, and making for only essential imports. Otherwise, the value of the dollar will rise again and it will become more difficult for us to live. There will be some price control in the market with the strengthening of the rupee as well.

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