Our Vision

Towards excellence of public service through satisfactory of service.

Our Mission

To provide in compliance with public policies, to coordinate resources and to Uplift  the life standards of the community of the Nochchiyagama Division through an efficient, sustainable and organized process with public Participation.

History of Nochchiyagma Divisional Secretariat

Awareness of heritage

This is the place where you were born and raised. We need to know about this land, trees, streams, temples and shrines. Be aware. This effort is for that.
 
How it became Nochchiyagama
 
After the conquest of Sri Lanka by white imperialists in 1815, Sri Lanka came under colonial rule. Also, due to the land laws implemented by the white government at that time, most of the people's lands were owned by the government. As a result, many villagers spread to the forest areas and settled under its lakes. That is how the ancient villages came into being. Thombuwe Nochchiyagama as well as Thammennawa are mentioned in the ancient villages formed in 1932. Nochchiyagama got the name Nochchiyagama because there were people belonging to the “Kochchi” caste at that time. Although originally known as 'Kochchiyagama', over time, Kochchiyagama was broken and Nochchiyagama was formed for ease of pronunciation. Legend has it that there was a village leader named 'Kochchia' here.
 
The birth of Nuwara Kalawiya and the birth of Nochchiyagama alone
 
The Anuradhapura district was last ruled by a white agent named Freeman. Anuradhapura area is fed by large tanks such as Nuwara Wewa, Kalawewa, Padaviya Wewa and Hurulu Wewa. Also, the Anuradhapura District was divided into three parts namely Hurulu, Kalaoya and Nuwaragam Provinces. Vilachchiya, Anuradhapura, Nochchiyagama, Thalawa and Thambuththegama areas were included in the Nuwaragam Province. But after a while Nuwaragam province was divided into two parts namely West and East. Some time later, the Nochchiyagama Divisional Secretariat was established as a separate Divisional Secretariat.
 
Receiving boundaries to Nochchiyagama

Establishment of Grama Niladhari Divisions The geographical area of Nochchiyagama Divisional Secretariat Division extends to Vilachchiya Divisional Secretariat and Coast in the North, Thambuththegama Divisional Secretariat in the South and Rajanganaya Reservoir in the East, Central Nuwaragam Divisional Secretariat in the East and West.  Initially this Divisional Secretariat area was restricted to six Grama Niladhari Divisions and Anuradhapura District Grama Niladhari Division had the first number one in the numbering. However, the area later became part of the Wilpattu Sanctuary, a national park.

At present Nochchiyagama Divisional Secretariat is divided into 36 Grama Niladhari Divisions. Due to the implementation of the Mahaweli scheme and the rapid growth of the population. Out of which 17 Grama Niladhari Divisions belong to the Mahaweli H Zone and 19 Grama Niladhari Divisions belong to the Ancient Village and Non-Mahaweli Zone. Also 116 villages belong to Nochchiyagama Divisional Secretariat.
 
Location of the division

Nochchiyagama Divisional Secretariat in the Anuradhapura District of the North Central Province to the Vilachchiya Divisional Secretariat in the North, Karuwalagaswewa Divisional Secretariat in the Puttalam District to the South and the Central Nuwaragam Divisional Secretariat in the East to the West. Nochchiyagama Divisional Secretariat covers an area of ​​967 square kilometers. Of this, 339 sq. Km is spread as settlements and the rest as Wilpattu National Park.
 
Topographical features and climatic features

Nochchiyagama Divisional Secretariat is located at an altitude of 200-250 feet above sea level. The sea level column is installed in the port. The soil of the land is red and brown fertile. This soil is very suitable for agriculture which is familiar to Kandy art. It has a dry climate for most of the year and the annual rainfall is between 60-55 mm. The average temperature here is between 27-32 degrees Celsius. Depending on the type of rainfall, the southwest monsoon is most active in late September or mid-October. It's the language of the day. Outdoor rains begin in April and May. The rains subside by June. The months of July and August show a severe drought. However, it does not show a gradual increase in rainfall over environmental changes.
 
Location

The Nochchiyagama Divisional Secretariat is located in the center of Nochchiyagama town, which is 25 km from Anuradhapura city after passing the sacred city of Anuradhapura towards Colombo. The distance from Nochchiyagama town to Colombo is 184 km.
 
Cultural HeritageCultural Heritage

Nochchiyagama Divisional Secretariat inherits a large forest site of national importance. That is the Wilpattu Sanctuary. It also bears witness to the cultural heritage. That beautiful lake group, the ruins of Kuveni Palace, the eighteen cubit tomb and the Thambapanni beach Also, there are many temples in the Nochchiyagama Divisional Secretariat which show the cultural values ​​that were added to the country by the males during in the past. Halmillagala Rajamaha Viharaya, Oththappuwa, Andarawewa and Kurulupettagala Rajamaha Viharayas built during the reign of King Dutugemunu bear witness to the Hela Buddhist cultural heritage. Moreover, the Ambagahawewa Rajamaha Viharaya which is said to have been built by Prince Makalan Tissa is another cultural factor. There is also a subculture that emerged after that. It is the worship of the gods Ayyanayaka, Ganadevi (Pulleyar), Pattini and Bhadrakali, who are associated with agriculture and shaanthi karma. Several related devalayas are located in the Nochchiyagama Divisional Secretariat.
 
Guardians of the protection of heritage and dignity

The heritage that is built and built in any Divisional Secretariat Division is protected and maintained by the Divisional Secretaries. In 1975, Mr. WABC Gunaratne, then an Assistant Government Agent, established the Nochchiyagama Divisional Secretariat and opened it to the public. Then Mr. MR Perera, Mr. Vincent Ratnayake, Mr. SV De Saram, Mr. Wimalasiri Perera, Mr. Bandusena, Mr. Karunasoma, Mr. Bandara Rajapaksa, Mr. JMM Ranaweera, Mr. S. Senanayake, Y.I. Mr. M Silva, Mr. WM Chandrasiri, AMWA Mr. Amunugama, Mr. Sampath Fernando and Mr. RM Senaratne served as the Divisional Secretaries. The present Divisional Secretary is Mr. Asanka Ratnayake.

Role performed at DS

Name From To
Mr.S.V.de Seram 02/11/1992 22/02/1993 
Mr.Sarath Wijesiri 23/02/1993 01/05/1998
Mr.J.M.H.Ranaweera 02/05/1998 14/11/2012
Mr.W.M.Chandrasiri 15/11/2012 12/11/2014
Mr.Sampath Fernando 13/11/2014  

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