President Rajapaksa has emphasized the need for the formulation of policies and research of Ministries to suit the country. He was addressing a progress review meeting of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Ministry at Temple Trees today.
The President underscored the need to safeguard both the fisherman and the consumer when Ministry decisions are taken. The future vision and current progress of the Fisheries Ministry was conversed at length. Fish production had to be increased to meet the nutritional targets of the Government while achieving success in the initiatives enunciated in the Mahinda Chinthana. There is an immediate need to launch programme to provide fish to the people at low prices.
The President underlined the importance of implementing more productive development projects overcoming unnecessary expenditure. Several programmes are also in place to protect the fishing fraternity and improve their livelihoods. Plans are already afoot to implement a pensions scheme and launch an insurance scheme. The Northern fishing fraternity is also in the process of entering normal lives. The President stressed that the fisher community including those in the North and numbering about 150 thousand should be protected. Minister Rajitha Senaratne, Deputy Minister Susantha Punchinilame and senior Government officials were present at this meeting.