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The ICT Agency is shifting its rural connectivity plans to the coast in a move to help tsunami survivors cope with the disaster and share their plight with the world. The ICT Agency is shifting its rural connectivity plans to the coast in a move to help tsunami survivors cope with the disaster and share their plight with the world. The project could also teach the displaced new skills, helping them find alternate employment in the aftermath of the tsunami.

Under the Agency’s rural communications centre (Vishwa Gnana Kendra) project, mini facilities offering internet, fax, telephone service would be set up in the larger cams in tsunami affected areas, a ICTA release said.

ICTA chief Manju Haththotuwa in a statement Friday said the mini VGKs will provide telephone, fax, internet and email facilities and will be equipped with all necessary communications tools for this purpose. In addition the mini-VGKs will also be provided with a TV set to broadcast special educational programmes to children whose schooling has been disrupted.”

“We are trying to make a difference in the lives of these people who have lost everything. The computers, internet and webcams w