Vice President Faisal Naseem says the Administration’s decentralisation policy seeks to equip local councils with the tools necessary to become more effective in service delivery. He made the remarks, speaking at the ‘Thila Uthuru Uhthama Aruthaveringe Awards’ ceremony held tonight in Dhidhdhoo Island of Haa Alifu Atoll.

Speaking at the function, the Vice President said that through increased devolution of political and economic power to local councils, the Administration seeks to promote citizen participation, whereby the councils can be more responsive to their requirements. Recalling the dire status of local councils over the past years, he assured that the future looks bright for local councils with the Administration’s proposed amendments to the Decentralisation Act.

Highlighting on some of the proposed amendments, the Vice President emphasised that local councils would be granted the financial and legal autonomy necessary for regional development. He said that, with these changes, local councils would be more productive and beneficial for its citizens.

Speaking about the ‘Thila Uthuru Uhthama Aruthaveringe Awards,’ the Vice President paid homage to the distinction and contributions of some of the iconic forefathers originating from North Thiladhunmathi Atoll. In this regard, he noted the importance of commemorating the achievements of creative, innovative, and productive citizens.

The ‘Thila Uthuru Uhthama Aruthaveringe Awards,’ an initiation of North Thiladhunmathi Atoll Council, acknowledges the achievements and contributions of local councils, students, individual citizens, associations, companies and resorts for the betterment of the community and elevation of the atoll’s status. The awards are presented in six different categories.