Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has pointed out that attention should be directed to carrying forward the economy in the face of the climatic changes. The Prime Minister made this reference joining in a programme for the distribution of water bowsers and tractors among areas plagued by the drought.
The Prime Minister said that this drought is not limited to Sri Lanka. It is being experienced in India, Banglaldesh and several other countries. A severe drought is being experienced in certain parts of India than in Sri Lanka. The Prime Minister said that it was for this reason that the President inked the Paris Agreement. He pointed out that the country should consider how to handle the economy if such climatic changes are being experienced.
Premier Wickremasinghe revealed that discussions are already being held in this respect. When considering the present, the future of the youth generation should also be taken into consideration. The environment should be safeguarded. As such he added that the attention of the country was being focused on this matter as several decisions would have to be taken in the next few months.
A programme for the distribution of water bowsers and tractors to areas impacted by the dry climatic conditions is operative on the instructions of the President. The handing over water bowsers and tractors for seven districts under the second phase took place at Temple Trees under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. The Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs is coordinating the programme. Among those present on the occasion was Minister Vajira Abeywardena.