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President is prepared to re-build civilian life impacted by the deluge

Feb 9, 2011 10:11:34 AM - itnnews.lk

Immediate action will be taken to bring normality to civilian life and area devastated by floods. Cultivators will be given seeds free of charge and fertilizer at subsidized rates. A special programme will also be launched to rebuild damaged houses. President Rajapaksa who saw to himself the disaster inflicted is extending a slew of relief measures.

The President opined that all state officials should be dedicated to bring civilian life to normality by developing the areas devastated by the floods. Whatever expenditure was incurred it was their bounden duty and obligation to bring normalcy to flood ravaged areas. Necessary steps had been taken to release the grants required. The affected families should be provided with food and clothing. He said the state officials were already doing the needful. The programme to develop the devastated areas should be launched as they mooted the Uthuru Wasanthaya programme to develop the North and the Eastern Re-awakening programme to develop the East.

Meanwhile, the President emphatically stated that all state officials should be dedicated towards bringing civilian life to normality provided immediate relief to the flood victims. He was addressing a meeting held in Anuradhapura. All appropriate measures have been adopted, establishing a Task Force to bring normality to devastated areas. Repairs should be effected to highways, the irrigation network and schools. The President instructed the officials to continue with the development work that has already been launched. He underlined that these reconstructions should be permanent and not a temporary solution. He pointed out the need to rebuild them so that it could withstand a disastrous situation. The work should be carried out by maintaining correct estimates and statistics.

A streamlined programme should be launched to uplift the farmer community struck by the disaster. Instructions were given to the officials to solicit the contributions of the polity which was earning a daily revenue, to the development projects so that they could earn a daily income. Pointing out that he would never postpone the development programme in fear of criticisms, the President underlined that he would fulfill the responsibilities on behalf of the people whatever pressure was exerted. North Central Governor Karunaratne Divulgane, Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake and all people’s representatives of the Province were present. President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunge, Ministry Secretaries and State officials also attended the meeting.