Adding another feather to Hambantota district’s cap, owner cum manager of an ICTA initiated Nenasala Ms. G. A. Deepika Priyadarshani was recently presented with the award for the best service sector entrepreneur in the district in 2009.
Organised by the Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce, the selection was based on a stringent jury process by a panel of experts, the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) Information Infrastructure Project Manager, S. Gavashkar said.
The ICTA- initiated Suriyawewa Nenasala which earned for Ms. Deepika the award given at a function held recently sets her out as an example when women entrepreneurs are rare and much in demand for boosting national development.
One of the 601 Nenasalas currently spread throughout the island under a the concept of President Mahinda Rajapaksa as a major means to take ICT to the village, Ms. Deepika’s Suriyawewa Nenasala is located near the Suriywewa market in the Hambantota district. Ms. Deepika said that she obtained valuable support in making her Suriyawewa Nenasala reach the current standard of quality service to the people. Nenasalas set up island-wide including the North and East under the 1000 Nenasala programme are telecentres with a difference. What would have remained a prerogative of the urban elite underwent this difference due the foresight of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. This foresight set the turning point in making the benefits of ICT reach the people . It consisted in the people-friendly advise the President gave that these ‘wisdom outlets’ be set up in the milieu of the people where they gather for socio-cultural purposes, the temple, kovil, mosque and the church premises. Entrepreneurs like Ms. Deepika Priyadarshani and enterprises like the Suriyawewa Nenasala prove value of the above turning point, ICTA sources said.
Our article on the above subject was carried in The Island of Oct. 4, 2010.
Ms.Deepika receives her award – certificate and trophy - from Rununu University Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Gamini Senanayake and HNB Hambantota Branch Manager B.S.K. Jayainghe.