Nov 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has directed heads of state institutions to continue to provide public services in a timely and efficient manner through appropriate plans and targets and not to let the services lapse for any reason.
At a special discussion held with the heads of state institutions including Ministry Secretaries, District Secretaries and Chief Secretaries at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (17), President Sirisena instructed the officials not to let the process weaken.
The President said that the present political conflicts would be resolved in future and it was the responsibility of the state officials to maintain and state affairs and public services continuously and take them forward strongly.
The President said he expects all state officials to continue to play their role impartially and fairly, and expressed his happiness that he has not yet received any complaints against any official in that regard. The President instructed them to take actions according to instructions given during the meeting.
During the discussion, ministry officials briefed the President about few problems that have arisen in the functioning of the ministries. The President paying attention to their concerns advised them to follow special instructions given at the meeting to carry out the work without hindrance.
The President emphasizing the necessity of maintaining the essential services including ports, electricity, petroleum, health services and food, without any difficulty, pointed out that many problems could arise in next few months if the decisions that should be taken regarding those services at present were not taken properly.
The President requested state officials to pay their attention to continue with government's development programs including the Garama Shakthi Peoples Movement to provide welfare for the people. The President said that he has instructed the governors to monitor those activities.
The President noting that a sufficient rainfall is being received by the country requested state officials use the rain received after a four-year long drought as a blessing to commit themselves for the success of agricultural programs including the National Food Production Program.
Emphasizing the need for all government institutions working in cohesion, the President explained the importance of all state institutions coming together to achieve the targets and asked the state officials not to limit their functions only to their respective subject ministries.
Financial progress of the ministries and the progress of development programs were reviewed at the discussion. President Maithripala Sirisena said that he hopes to discuss about some problems further with the ministry secretaries and to give necessary directions.