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Governors, District Secretaries should intervene to maintain distribution of essential services: Prez

President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said that Governors and District Secretaries should personally intervene to maintain essential services without disrupting the lives of the people.

President Rajapaksa said that despite the current situation, the country’s economy could not be allowed to collapse and that the contribution of all was needed to overcome the challenge and move forward as a country, and called on the Governors and District Secretaries to extend their full support to the continuation of the factory and development projects.

The President made this observation at a monthly meeting with Provincial Governors and District Secretaries at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (02).

When an infected person is identified in connection with a factory or development project, the President pointed out the importance of inquiring into the environment in which the factory or project can be maintained in compliance with health recommendations instead of being shut down all at once.

The challenges and problems faced by the people in the face of travel restrictions were discussed at length.

President Rajapaksa said that although the government had instructed the government to maintain industry and essential services in compliance with proper health recommendations, there were shortcomings in the implementation of the program locally.

President Rajapaksa instructed that the mechanism for purchasing and distributing surplus fruits and vegetables to farmers at the local level should be properly implemented and said that it was the responsibility of all parties concerned not to allow the agrarian economy to collapse.

Operational projects under local funds and foreign loan assistance should meet the relevant targets properly. The President also requested the Government Ministers and Secretaries to maintain direct contact with the Government to implement the Ten Thousand Tanks Program, the development of 100,000 km of roads, 1000 National Schools, Housing, Regional Hospitals, Drinking Water and Renewable Energy projects. Advised Governors and Government Agents.

Sri Lanka is currently receiving the full number of vaccines required to maintain the vaccination. President Rajapaksa said that the process was being carried out in a scientific and proper manner and that he expected further support from the political authorities as well as governors and all public officials, including the governors, to provide the necessary support to the health sector without causing inconvenience to the people.

President Rajapaksa said that the government has decided to provide organic fertilizer to farmers free of charge and asked them to provide the necessary assistance to overcome the challenge of promoting organic farming. It was also stated that the government is planning to provide assistance to small businesses and farmers’ associations for the production of organic fertilizer and to provide loans at concessionary interest rates through state banks.

The Governors commended the Government of Sri Lanka for its commitment to controlling the current epidemic, safeguarding the lives of the people and making the future of the country a success despite challenges.

The District Secretaries pointed out that the gazetting of ports, railways, customs, fuel supply, public transport services, banks and local government bodies as essential services was a great relief to carry out their duties.

Provincial Governors, Secretary to the President PB Jayasundera, Chief Adviser to the President Lalith Weeratunga and government officials were also present at the discussion.