Implementing a concept of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the 615th ‘Nenasala’ Arivakam or wisdom outlet was declared open by Hambantota District MP Namal Rajapaksa in Kilinochchi on 20th July 2011. Explaining the origin of the Nenasala concept ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) Chairman Prof. P. W. Epasinghe said: “The ‘Nenasala’ ‘Arivakam’ telecentre or wisdom outlet is a brainchild of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Under this Nenasala project 1000 ‘Nenasala’ ‘Arivakam’ wisdom outlets will be set up island-wide to serve as the nerve centre of ICT facilities in the relevant area”.
Elaborating on the objectives of Nenasala, the ICTA Chairman, said that the objective of the Nenasala was to provide the optimal benefits of ICT to the community. He noted that Nenasala must act as a resource centre to the community and that the services offered by the Nenasala were varied and adapted to the needs of the milieu. These include information on Government services and information for farmers and fishermen with regard to livelihoods. They help the youth in the community to find employment opportunities and start self-employment etc.
The centre is located in the Kilinochchi town and therefore easily accessible to the public, ICTA Project Manager, Gavashkar Subramanium said reporting from the site. Giving further details Gavashkar said that this was the first ‘Nenasala’ or ‘Arivakam’ wisdom outlet in the Kilinochchi district and the 6th in the Northern Province and the 615th in the island. The centre will be managed and operated by Tharunyata Hetak, (Ilagnanarkalukkaana Naalai) Youth Organisation. This Nenasala is fully equipped with personal computers, laser printer, scanner, web camera and broadband internet connectivity provided on WiMAX technology.
Hambantota District MP Namal Rajapaksa operating a computer at the first ever (‘Nenasala’/’Arivakam’) ‘wisdom outlet’ telecentre. Cooperatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando looks on.