June 13, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to swiftly present a plan on development of 13 Islands of Kalpitiya to the Cabinet, President's Media Division said.
The President further instructed the Chief Minister of the North Western Province Dharmasiri Dasanayaka and the Minister of Internal Affairs and Wayamba Development S.B. Nawinna, when presenting that plan, to pay proper attention to the development issues of the people in the respective areas and identify the priorities.
He gave these instructions participating in the North Western Province Action Committee held at the Madurankuliya Mercy Education Complex in Puttalam on Wednesday (13).
At the Action Committee meeting, which was attended by the political authority and the state officials, Grama Shakthi People's Movement functions in the North Western Province as well as its progress and future plans were discussed in detail.
President Sirisena was appraised of the issues faced by the farmers as a result of acquisition of agricultural lands of the area by the Forest Conservation Department and the President instructed the officials to provide a permanent solution to this issue for the farmers to carry out their agricultural activities without any interruption.
The President also focused his attention on the problems that had arisen in the field of dairy production in the area. The President instructed the officials to swiftly implement a comprehensive program to promote dairy productions while providing solutions to the problems faced by the people who are engaged in this field.
Similarly, attention was drawn to the problems faced by the fruit farmers in the area. The attention was drawn to implement a suitable program to purchase their harvest, after discussing with the Cargills (Ceylon) PLC and other private companies, in circumstances when prices go down in the market.
The President paying his attention to the request made to provide facilities to preserve fruits by dehydration instructed the officials to take necessary steps to provide tax relief for the existing cold storage facilities.
Facts were discussed regarding the issues emerged in prawns and onion industry. President Sirisena also considered a request made by the farmer community to assign the taxpayer rights of the lands where the industries are being operated. Acceding to the request, the President instructed to set up a special committee under the Chair of Chief Minister of North Central Province Dharmasiri Dassanayake and Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs S.B. Nawinne and to present a report to him as soon as possible.
President Sirisena also inquired the relevant officials about the decision taken to prohibit selling coconut lands of the Province and to inspect how this decision is being implemented.
President Sirisena also emphasized the need for everyone to work together to make the Gramashakthi People's Movement a success without considering any political barriers.
All the Chairpersons of the institutions of Wayamba province were present in this committee meeting.
President Sirisena handed over the funds for first quarter of the funds given to Gramashakthi People's communities for the Secretaries of Kurunegala and Puttalam districts.
Thus 45 million rupees was presented to Kurunegala district and 24 million rupees for the Puttalam district.
Meanwhile the Gramashakthi People's community of Konkadawala Pumpkin and crops Company LTD and Cargills (Private) LTD, signed a memorandum of understanding with regard to purchase of produce.
Ministers Rauff Hakeem, S.B. Nawinne, State Minister Palitha Range Bandara, Deputy Minister Indika Bandaranayake, the Chief Minister of North Western Province Dharmasiri Dassanayake, other ministers of the province and government officials were present in this event.