Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa handing over a clay savings till to a child. People’s Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse (right) looks on
To commemorate World Children’s Day, a national event presided by the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse was held at “Ape Gama” premises on 2 October. At this special event, People's Bank introduced a special Clay Till as a gift to children having Isuru Udana and Sisu Udana accounts, with a view inculcating the savings habit. Another reason to introduce this unique gift was to support local industries in line with the Government's “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour" manifesto.
At this event, which was held under the theme “Let’s Build Our nation,” People's Bank Chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse joined Prime Minister Rajapaksa in presenting the special tills to the children. Minister of Education Prof. G.L. Peiris, State Minister of Women and Child Development, Pre-schools and Primary Education, School Infrastructure and Education Services Piyal Nishantha De Silva, People's Bank Senior DGM Retail Banking K.B. Rajapakse, DGM Process Management, Quality Assurance and Retail Banking Renuka Jayasinghe, AGM Retail Banking A. Jayasith, Head of Marketing Nalaka Wijayawardana, together with a large gathering of Government officials and children participated in the event.
Based on a request made by State Minister for Clay, Cane, Brass, Furniture and rural Industries Prasanna Ranaweera, People's Bank decided to gift clay saving tills to the Isuru Udana and Sisu Udana accountholder children to encourage their savings habit. The significant feature of this specially-designed clay savings till is that once it has served its purpose it can be easily used as a clay bird's nest thereby making it an environmentally-friendly option.
People's Bank recently unveiled the "Made in Sri Lanka" Loans Programme in order to develop local industries, promote export-oriented industries, encourage import substitute industries, enhance the quality of local products, increase employment opportunities for locals and drive regional development for all those involved in the agri, plantations, fisheries, clay, batik, brass, gem & jewellery and other local industries.