Lankapage Logo CP 19 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Inquiry ordered into the starvation death of an infant
Wed, Jun 19, 2019, 10:07 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 19, Colombo: Dilip Wedaarachchi, Chairman of the Hambantota District Coordination Committee and State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, has informed Hambantota District Secretary Bandula Harischandra to immediately conduct a proper investigation into the death of an 11-month-old child from starvation in the Wijayapura area of the Tissamaharama Nedigamla Grama Niladhari Division.

The State Minister has further advised to pay special attention on how this happened when Samurdhi Officers, Family Health Services Officers, Grama Niladharis, Economic Development Officers and Agricultural Research and Development Officers were working directly with the public to cover every Grama Niladhari Division.

The Minister of State has informed the District Secretary that the family health officer will look after a child for at least one year from the day the child is born.

"These officers go from house to house on a weekly basis. Why was the child not observed? The Grama Niladhari and the Economic Development Officers of the area went from house to house to inquire about the Samurdhi subsidy. Whether they have not met the family is a serious issue," the Minister questioned.

Minister Wedaarachchi instructed the District Secretary to appoint an inquiry committee to ascertain whether the statements made by the officials that the Samurdhi allowance had not been granted to the family since the head of the household, who is said to be suffering from a mental illness, has refused the subsidy.

The Minister also instructed the District Secretary to take immediate action based on the information revealed and to take all necessary steps against responsible officers as an example for other public officers not to function in a negligent manner.

 

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
Sri Lanka President rejects all allegations leveled against his administration over Easter Sunday attack
-- [1 hour and 29 minutes ago]
President to launch a program to provide milk for every child today
-- [1 hour and 38 minutes ago]
Three 'Ava Gang' members arrested for Manipai clash with police
-- [1 hour and 48 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka nationwide inflation declines to 2.1 percent in June 2019
-- [3 hours ago]
Emergency extended for another month
-- [9 hours ago]
AG's petition against granting bail to former Defense Secretary and suspended IGP tomorrow
Will not allow to cut trees in Wilpattu, official tells court
Police arrest 237 drunk drivers in past 24 hours
President emphasizes on assistance to advance science and technology sector
Discussion with PM on postal strike today

Copyright © 2000, 2016 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.