President reviews drought relief programme

President reviews drought relief programme


The programme mooted for the granting of relief to the people plagued by the drought came under the supervision of President Maithripala Sirisena. It happened at the Presidential Secretariat with the participation of all officials of the related sectors.

At present, actions have been taken systematically to distribute dry rations among the economically affected people. President Sirisena inquired about the effective implementation of this task.

The President queried about the progress of the programme launched to provide drinking water facilities to the people and further instructed the relevant officials to purchase 100 bowsers to make this process more efficient.

President Maithripala Sirisena has also deployed Tri-Forces officers to scrutinize the relief activities mooted by the government, and their contribution towards this was also reviewed. He reviewed the programs implemented to provide water and food for the affected wildlife.

The President pointed out the importance of preparing for severe drought conditions which could occur in the future as a result of adverse weather and climate change. He explained the necessity of preparing as a country by conducting research in this regard as well as with long term plans.

Ministers Vajira Abeywardena, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Mangala Samaraweera, Faizer Musthapha, Secretary to the President Austin Fernando, Secretaries of the Ministries and heads of the Security Forces were also present at this discussion.

Meanwhile, a delegation including UNICEF Country representative in Sri Lanka Tim Sutton, officially handed over four Water Bowsers to the President, for the purpose of further expanding the supply of drinking water facilities for the people affected by the drought.

Subsequently, the President handed over the documents related to the water bowsers to the Minister of City Planning and Water Supply Rauff Hakeem, Deputy Minister Sudarshini Fernandopulle and Ministry Secretary Sarath Chandrasiri Vithana.