Oct 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa points out that when the people seek solutions to their problems, it is the duty of all public servants to resolve them and not to raise additional problems.
The President made this observation while participating in the second “Discussion with Villagers” program at Thimbiliyakada, Wilgamuwa, Matale today (02). The President visited the homes of the people of Thimbiliyakada to inquire into their problems.
Participating in the “Discussion with Villagers” program held today at the Nagawanarama Temple premises in the Himbiliyakada Grama Niladhari Division of the Wilgamuwa Divisional Secretariat in the Matale District, the President instructed the relevant officials to provide lands from suitable places to those who lost their lands during the implementation of the Moragahakanda Reservoir Project and inform him immediately.
The President told the district's political authority to summon all officers to one place and expeditiously resolve the other land issues as well.
This is the second of the “Discussion with Villagers“(Janapathi Gama Samaga Pilisadara) program. The first was held last Friday at Velanwita village in the Haldummulla Divisional Secretariat Division in the Badulla District. The purpose of these meetings is to talk to the rural people about their problems that have been unresolved for a long time, present them to the officials and provide quick solutions.
Villagers from the Gemburu Oya, Ladyangala, Aliyawala, Veheragala, Himbiliyakada and several surrounding areas in the Wilgamuwa Divisional Secretariat Division came to the Nagavanarama Temple to lodge their grievances.
Many of the villagers who came to the program raised land issues. The President also stressed the need to expedite the resolution of the issue of deeds which has affected a large number of people in Hettipola town for a long time.
President Rajapaksa paid special attention to the problems faced by those engaged in the dairy industry as self-employed. The President pointed out that they should be assisted in becoming entrepreneurs and that steps should be taken to purchase and facilitate their products in consultation with the National Livestock Development Board. It was also decided to inform the relevant institutions to provide dairy cattle at a lower cost.
He instructed the officials to take steps to negotiate with the banks to relax the guarantee conditions that dairy farmers have to provide when applying for a loan.
As people in many villages in the district are suffering from kidney disease, the President instructed the officials to complete the work on the partially completed Hettipola Kidney 'Blood Dialysis' Unit and provide the necessary equipment to the unit as a quick solution to the problems the people were facing.
The villagers pointed out that the measure will benefit a large number of patients who have to go to Dambulla, Kandy, Kurunegala and Mahiyanganaya hospitals to receive dialysis treatment.
It was also decided to take immediate action to address the shortage of nurses in the hospitals in the district.
Further instructions were given to expedite the development of 2.8 km road from Weheragala to Hettipola town and the road from Himbiliyakada tank to Himbiliyakada village.
It was also decided to construct a three classroom building and a teacher's house for Himbiliyakada Primary School. It was also instructed to convert Pallegama and Wilgamuwa Naminioya Maha Vidyalayas in Laggala Divisional Secretariat into National Schools with all facilities. The President also emphasized the need to address the shortage of teachers in many schools in the district.
The President noted that there is an urgent need to create vocational training opportunities for the youth of the area who have completed their schooling and to attract more of them and produce skilled workers.
Lack of irrigation facilities has adversely affected agriculture in Wilgamuwa and many surrounding areas. Reconstruction of Wattegedara, Weheragala, Dodamgolla and Werawgaha tanks as solutions were discussed at length. The President instructed that appropriate steps be taken to develop tanks within two years and to supply water from cultivation wells required for agriculture so that short, medium and long term solutions can be found.
Accelerated reconstruction of Himbiliyakada Wewa was handed over to the Army.
After the "Chat with the Village" program, the President observed several houses and farms in the village.
Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, MPs Rohana Dissanayake, Nalaka Kottegoda, Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon, Governor Lalith U. Gamage, Chief Adviser to the President Lalith Weeratunga and representatives of the area and government officials were also present.