DIMO Batta vehicles were recently handed over to Samurdhi Beneficiaries under the Divi Neguma project. These include recipients of Samurdhi stamps and also those who have elevated to the next level through the Samurdhi scheme.
The official handing over ceremony was held recently at the Divi Neguma Home Based Industrial Exhibition held at Gampaha. It was held under the patronage of Hon. Basil Rajapaksa (Minister of Economic Development), Hon. A.H.M. Fowzie (Senior Minister), Hon. Douglas Devananda (Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development), Hon. Prasanna Ranathunga (Chief Minister of Western province), Hon. Sarath Gunarathna (Deputy Minister of State Resources and Enterprise Development), Hon. Sarana Gunawardena (Deputy Minister of Petroleum Industries), Mr. Ranjith Pandithage (Chairman – DIMO), Mr. Gahanath Pandithage (Deputy CEO – DIMO), Mr. Vijitha Bandara (General Manager – TATA Commercial Vehicles) and Mr. R.G.B. Tilekesiri (Director General of Samurdhi Authority).
There are more than 1.5 million Samurdhi members and an additional 4.5 million indirect beneficiaries. Samurdhi beneficiaries now have access to owning a DIMO Batta through the 1327 Samurdhi Banks available island wide at a low down payment of Rs. 100,000/=.
The Samurdhi Movement which has the building of a prosperous Sri Lanka through a comprehensive development among disadvantaged groups in the society as its mission has kept numerous progressive as a pilot project towards sustainable development. This program has become a viable movement which has affected a comparative revolution in the field of development. Thus it has contributed to bring in positive changes in the economic and social levels of low income families. This program is being implemented for the purpose of creating prosperous and beautiful hamlets and livelihood under the Mahinda Chintana and in accordance with the SAARC CHARTER for the elimination of poverty by the Samurdhi Authority of Sri Lanka.
The local poverty rate of 28.8% that prevailed in the country at the time of birth of the child “Samurdhi’ in 1996 has been reduced to 15% and this fact bears testimony to the vital role played by “Samurdhi’ and principal mediator in the matter.
DIMO Batta is the best selling commercial vehicle in the history of commercial transportation in Sri Lanka with more than 22,000 units on the road. A superior product from TATA Motors India, DIMO Batta is sold, serviced and cared by Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) – the authorized distributor for TATA Motors in Sri Lanka. For the convenience of its customers the DIMO has Sales, service and spare parts outlets Island wide, including more than15 DIMO owned branches.