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Providing effecient and effective public service in Valikamam West division.
Our Mission
 
To improve regional development and living standard of the people by providing excellent public service through optimum level utilization of resources.
 
 
Valikamam West Division Map

History of Chankanai  Divisional Secretariat

Valikamam West Divisional Secretariat Division is one of the 15 Divisions of Jaffna District and whose Electoral No is 10 Jaffna. This Division was consisted of 9 Grama Niladharies' Divisions, which was increased to 15 Divisions and finally to 25 Grama Niladharies' Divisions. Vali West Pradeshiya Sabha area is divided into four sub units namely Chulipuram, Vaddukkoddai, Chankanai and Araly. This division covers an area of 47.3 Sq km and lying at the extreme West of Jaffna Peninsula. The boundaries on the North East and East are Valikamam South West   Divisional Secretary Division, on the North West and North are the Indian Ocean (Palk Straight) and on the South is Jaffna Lagoon. Valikamam West division is 3 meters high from the sea level.

According to the  evidences and people’s life style of Valikamam West Division we come to know that Valikamam west  Division in Jaffna Peninsula plays key role in Political, Economic, Social and cultural   traditions.There are still remains of impacts of many rulers such as CholaKings, Jaffna Kings, Portuguese, Dutch man and  English man. Chankanai and Pandattarippu etc places were then  important commercial centres. Simple bullock carts, "Villuvandil "(Bow carts) and "Thirukkalvandil" as transport devices.Vaddukkoddai division was famous for making the above devices. They are made at the Vaddukkoddai area even today. It is a remarkable feature that “Valikkaiyaru” that is the only one river in Jaffna  mingles in Araly Sea.

Historical important Chulipuram "Paralai Vinayakar" and Ponnalai "Varatharaja Perumaal" temples which were significant evidences in religious culture of this division are significance. Thiruvadinilai in this Division is to perform ancestors’ obligation ("pithirkadan" of  Hindu people). Researchers of later period say that ''prakesvaran " temple which was found at Sangraththai -Thunaivi belonged to 15thand 16th AD centuries. It is mentioned that inscriptions with Grantha script are in the Temple.

Historical Researchers say that church that was is in Chankanai was constructed by the Portuguese and later it was renovated with corals by Dutch man. Vaddukoddai church that was set up by  LaurensPyl Ann who was Commander of Dutch country was a famous one. Great intellectual tradition is also significance in this history of the division. Vaddukoddai Seminary (Academy) which was constructed in the first time in  Asian continent was entriched later as Jaffna college.

Great intellectual tradition is also significance in this history of the Division. Vaddukoddai Seminary (Academy) which was constructed in the first time in  Asian continent was entriched later as Jaffna College.It is appreciatedly stated that there is no anywhere Asian continent like the school library of this College, It is noted that karoleVishvanathapillai and C.Y Thamotharampillai who were the first two Jaffna Tamil graduates in Madrass university Studied in the College and became as scholars.

Further, The book titiled as "Vaddukoddai Piddiyambathi Pathhttirakali Amman oonjal" Which was one of the old Tamil literatures in SriLanka is Considered prior to Dutch period i.e this book belonged to the Ariya Emperors. It was written by kanapathi Iyer belongs to Vaddukoddai.

Locating "Sumaithangi", "Madam"(Monasty),"Kerny"(pond) , "Avuranjukal"(a stone on which cow rubs its body ) and Temple are in a at a place at Navaly Road in Sangaraththai G.S (J/159) Division is a Special feature of this Division . This feature proves this divisional people’s a culture of compassion for living all creatures.

We come to know by  evidences that Divisional Administrative system has been prevailing from the time that Anuradhapura was as a Kingdom in SriLankan history. In that period, kings used their powers through Heads of Village and collected taxes needed for them through the heads. In this situation, Portuguese and Dutch man who captured SriLanka ruled their administration of their countries with "Thesha Vazhaimai" that exits here.

Followed them, British man captured Srilanka in year 1796. They brought in to one government  alldivisions were being under control of various leaderships. They made many reforms to ruling and administrative procedures that had been already exited. They provided many services such as Recovering Tax, Provincial Administration, Agriculture, Irrigation, Education, Land Affairs, Forest Administration, Protecting goods, collecting Statistics, Election duty. Birth,  Death and Marriage’s Registrations by Officers. They gave independence to Sri Lanka  in year 1948. After that, Rulers who took over responsibility of reign provided best services to people by creating good administrative structure.

Further, late HE Ranasingha Premadasa held office as President in 1989 with main aim of bringing Sri Lankan Administrative services to footstep of the people. As a result, His administrative structure that  Administration should decentralize in Divisional level is called as a system of Divisional Secretariat. In the condition, Divisional Revenue Office had been to function by year 1939 in order to setup benefits people or Valikamam west division which mingles water and land resources and Divisional department. In order to weigh administration of this office divisional Revenue Officer called as DRO of “Maniyakaran”was appointed. According to discussion of Cabinet in Parliament administration was decentralised. In the Junction, this office provided the following services for people.

  1. Collecting Revenue.
  2. Making harmony among people in Social activities.
  3. Financial Administration.
  4. Food Supply (Coupen procedure
  5. State lands.

The words "Maniyakaran", "KanthorManiyakaran" changed and they became as "Pirivukariyathikari"(Divisional officer) by year 1945. Officers called as"vithanai"served to public by identifying their needs. An officer called as "udaiyar" served as direct Superior to this officers. This system was also changed in due course.

138 Great Divisional  Revenue Officers’ divisions were formed in All Island wide in 1956. In the same period of time, There was 10 Revenue Officers’ divisions in Jaffna district. One of them is Valikamam West. Assistant Government Agent was appointed to administer this administrative structure. The following   officers Served there.

  1. Personnel Assistant (General Clerk)
  2. Chief Clerk
  3. Food control department officer
  4. Development officer
  5. Grama Niladharies.

The Following activities were initiated by the   officers.

  1. House Holder’s list (A copy of this list will be given for all detail of family for all actions.)
  2. works   in connection with  Election
  3. Coupon   procedure ( This food supply held for the families under poverty line.)
  4. Rural development
  5. Agriculture extensional activities.
  6. Public Monthly Assistance.

This Public Monthly Assistance were given to the women headed family lived under poverty line, Ageing people and sick people.

In Earlier period, Valikamam South West and Valikamam west functioned in a one division called as Valikamam West. This  two divisions were divided as separated units in 1973 as there were higher population and  more needs for public. Extent of Valikamam West is 47.5 Square Km. 10G.N Division Functioned in that period and the following services were provided.

  1. Providing  Public Monthly Assistance
  2. Development activities.
  3. National Identitycard  form.
  4. Land permit
  5. Gun permit
  6. Distribution of food stamp

Detail of the officers during  the period is as follows.

  1. Assistant Government Agent
  2. Personnel Officer
  3. Chief clerk
  4. Clerks – 10
  5. Development Officers
  6. Rural Development Officer
  7. Assistant Rural Development Offices
  8. Sports’ Officer
  9. Social Service Officers
  10. Grama Niladharies – 10
  11. Minor Employees – 3

This Officers provided  satisfactory Services identifying public needs by visiting to villages. Yearly, Mobile services were conducted in works related to National Identity Card, Public monthly Assistance and development were made for public.

This Assistant Government office was functioned at Dr.Sathasivam house near Chankanai MPCS   building in earlier period, later It was shifted to cultural hall in the year 1984.After that , It was in the house of lawyer Dr.Sathasivam in year 1987. Documents belongs to this office were burnt due to the abnormal situation then prevailed in the country. After, it was functioned in near the building that was operated Chankanai People’s bank in 1994 and later  in power loom building belonged to Chankanai MPCS in 1994. During the period, Assistant Government Agent’s office was upgraded as Divisional secretariat and Administrative service was divided in to 3 divisions and carried out decentralized administrative activities. later, It was operated in Mirusuvil Pradeshiya Sabah building during the mass exodus occurred in October, 1995. Again,It was functioned in the same Chankanai power loom building from April, 1996.

In this condition, There was a requirement to obtain a own land and building for it due to expansion of administrative activities. Chankanai Social Development Organization collected money as gift from Public and purchased a land. In meant time, financial collection was made to a building by the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs. Foundation stone was laid by Mr.T.Vaiththiyalingam  was then as   Additional Government Agent in Jaffna district on 24.8.1998 and building works were completed on 19thApril, 2000 and It was declared open by Mr.N.Thiriloganathan was then as  Chairman of Vailkamam west Chulipuram Pradeshiyasabah . Now, this Divisional Secretariat Continues Services in its own building

In earlier period, 10 Grama Niladharies’ divisions were operated in the Assistant Government Agent’s division.

  1. Chankanai  East
  2. Chankanai West
  3. Vaddu East
  4. Vaddu West
  5. Chulipuram East
  6. Chulipuram West
  7. Araly West
  8. Araly East
  9. Moolai
  10. Ponnalai

Further, there 5 Grama Niladharies; divisions were divided.

  1. Sangaraththai
  2. Araly North
  3. Vaddu South
  4. Tholpuram
  5. Chankanai South

This G.S divisions were extended up to 25 divisions in year 1989.

  1. Vaddu East
  2. Vaddu North
  3. Sangaraththai
  4. Araly West
  5. Araly Centre
  6. Araly South
  7. Araly East
  8. Araly North
  9. Vaddu South
  10. Vaddu South West
  11. Vaddu West
  12. Tholpuram East
  13. Tholpuram West
  14. Ponnalai
  15. Moolai
  16. Chulipuram West
  17. Chulipuram centre
  18. Chulipuram East
  19. Pannakam
  20. Siththankerny
  21. Chankanai  East
  22. Chankanai West
  23. Chankanai South
  24. Chankanai Centre
  25. Panippulam

When It was decentralised and upgraded as Divisional secretariat in 1992 under the provincialcouncil’s administration, Further services were organised and extended.

Divisional Secretariats were formed with a view to entertaining people’s requests and implementing development projects among people. The Divisional secretariats have been functioning with a view to ensure efficient and effective public services, sound administrative procedures ,relevant to people’s aspirations and identified National priorities in Divisional and Rural levels and with a vision of par excellent public Services.

The detail of the Assistant Government Agents and Divisional Secretaries in a chronological order in the Valikamam Divisional Secretariat is as follows.

Role performed at DS From 1975

Name From To
Mr.K.Arunasalam 1975 1978
Mr.M.Subramaniyam 1978 1979
Mr.S.Senthilvadivel 1980 1984
Mr.T.Vaithilingam 1984 1992
Miss.Rubini Kanagaratnam 1992 1993
Mr.L.Elankovan 1993 1993
Mr.K.Santhirarajah 1994 2000
Mrs.P.Thilaganayagampaul 2000 2000
Mr.N.Vethanayahan 2000 2000
Dr.K.Karunarajah 2001 2001
Mr.S.Ratnam 2003 2006
Mrs.T.Babu 2006  2011
Mr.A.Sothinathan 2012 2017
Mrs.Premini Ponnampalam 2017    -

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