The 1st Provincial Planning Committee Meeting of EPC for the year 2019 was chaired by the Chief Secretary on 08th July 2019 at 9.30 a.m. at the EPC Conference Hall, Varothayanagar, Trincomalee. District Secretaries of Batticaloa & Ampara , Secretaries , Deputy Chief Secretaries , Heads of Departments & other Seniors officials of EPC and Directors of Planning from three District Administration participated at this meeting.Chief Secretary following his welcome address, sensitively pointed out that the meeting was arranged at the correct time, giving a better flat form to the forum to comfortably discuss on various development matters including current status of the development activities, any shortcoming and remedial solutions with respect to all the capital development programmes being implemented by the Provincial Agencies and as well by District administration.The DCS-Planning briefly stated out the overview of the Capital Budget (PSDG & CBG) and the Development Programmes including special projects and the Line Ministry Programmes being implemented by the provincial agencies. He also presented in detail the physical and financial performance of the AIP 2019 every provincial agency wise, highlighting the weaker areas for their corrective and speedy rectifications as almost half the year already passed. The Director Planning from three District Administration too presented in brief their district development programmes.The forum discussed on various development issues in detail including valuable suggestions from District Secretaries Ampara and Batticaloa. Many development issues at regional level were sorted out with the support of District Secretaries. Chief Secretary finally requested both the provincial and district administration to work in a cordial manner for the betterment of the poor people of the Eastern Province as an ultimate objective of the province.