President Rajapaksa has instructed the authorities to accelerate the programme to provide permanent places for roadside vendors while beautifying and organizing the cities.
The President issued the instructions at a discussion with representatives of the Association of the Self employed. The programme for the beautification of Colombo and its suburbs is currently being carried out successfully. The President also gave instructions to streamline the programme of providing permanent places for the roadside vendors. The vendors were evicted from pavements to organize the cities. Such traders are being provided alternative places.
The President has instructed the provision of sites to them causing minimum inconvenience. The roadside vendors told the President during the discussion that their economy has improved due to the new programme. Secretary to the Finance Ministry Dr. P.B. Jayasundare was among those present in the occasion.