July 05, Colombo: The farmers in Polonnaruwa made a strong plea to the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is on campaign trail in the district not to allow the intermediaries to create an artificial rice shortage.
The farmers pointing out that there was a bumper harvest in the previous seasons told the President not to allow the attempts to create a rice shortage to succeed, President’s Media Division (PMD) said.
The farmers made this request to President Rajapaksa when he joined a public gathering held at the Siripura Provincial Council Ground in Polonnaruwa today (July 5) in support of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) candidates contesting the upcoming general election.
President Rajapaksa told the farmers that after the government assumed office, it had implemented a systematic strategy for the rehabilitation of deteriorating paddy storage facilities and to ensure an efficient paddy purchasing process. The President further said that the government has planned to act in a manner that would not cause any problem to the paddy farmers.
Residents of the Polonnaruwa area have also appealed the President to take stern legal actions against those responsible for the Central Bank bond scam. Human-elephant conflict and unemployment are among the biggest problems faced by the people living in the Polonnaruwa District. Residents also requested the President to take swift actions to solve these issues.
SLPP candidates former State Minister Roshan Ranasinghe, former Deputy Minister Siripala Gamlath and Jagath Samarawickrema were present on the occasion.