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* President deploys army officials to look into welfare of drought affected people
Tue, Aug 1, 2017, 08:03 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the relevant officials to deploy Army officials at the Divisional Secretariat level to look into the welfare of the people affected by the drought.

The President held a special meeting at the Presidential Secretariat on Tuesday to review the progress and the current situation of the post disaster management activities implemented in the districts affected by the floods and landslides.

During this meeting special attention was focused on the welfare of the people in the areas affected by the prevailing drought.

The President said the people in those areas have to face many difficulties due to the dry weather conditions and it is the responsibility of all to provide relief measures to the affected people.

The requisite funds have been allocated to the relevant institutions to provide drinking water and other water needs of those people and the President instructed the officials to continuously monitor the progress of those activities.

The President said that he has decided to provide dry rations to the affected people and said that he will submit this proposal to the Cabinet.

President Sirisena pointed out the importance of handing over high-quality foods for those people and instructed to deploy an investigation team to scrutinize the process.

Meanwhile, it was discussed regarding the progress of identifying and releasing alternative lands to resettle the people who have lost their houses due to recent calamities. The President instructed the officials to complete the identification of these lands before the 15th of this month and if there are any issues in this regard, to inform him in writing by this Wednesday.

The President also instructed the officials to hand over those identified lands to the beneficiaries before the end of this month.

Ministers Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Vajira Abeywardena, Faizer Mustapha, Mangala Samaraweera, Secretaries of Ministries, including Secretary to the President Austin Fernando, District Secretaries and the public servants were present at the discussion.


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