An awareness workshop for Asst. Agricultural Research Officers and Samurdhi Development Officers was held headed by the Director of Government Information Prof. Ariyaratna Athugala at Administrative Complex at Hambantota today (29th).
Lectures for Asst. Agricultural Research Officers commenced first. A speaker had said that about 300 Asst. Agricultural Research Officers should participate for the government’s campaign for Uva PC election; they should form groups of three and cover 50 houses and should tell the people regarding development work of the government. At this the participants started hooting and Prof. Athugala, to pacify the protestors had talked about media traditions and journalism. When he had mentioned dictators such as Hitler and started praising Mahinda Rajapaksa as a patriotic leader the participants had started hooting again to display their disapproval. The workshop had been abandoned at 10.15 a.m.
The workshop that was to be held for Samurdhi Development Officers too had failed.