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President says the battle against the illegal narcotics racket will be implemented with a new look next week

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By ITN News Editor January 21, 2019 19:12

President says the battle against the illegal narcotics racket will be implemented with a new look next week

President Maithripala Sirisena has emphasized that the battle so far carried out against the illegal narcotics racket will be implemented with a new look next week. The President laid this emphasis declaring the National Drugs Prevention School Week at during a programme held in Mullaitivu. The President underscored that he will not change the decision taken to impose death penalty for drug racketeers.
The National Drugs Prevention School Week was declared at the MulliyawalaiVidyanathanMahaVidyalaya in Mullaitivu today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Accordingly the National Drugs Prevention Week will be in place from today until the 28 of this month. Under this initiative the National Drugs Prevention Week will be operative from today until the 25 as a main programme.
Its inaugural function was held in the Jaffna District with 150,000 school children giving their pledge on the prevention of drugs at the morning assembly. Special attention has been drawn on the school children in the programme mooted by the President for the crackdown and control of the drug menace which is a dire catastrophe on the entire country. Accordingly the National Drugs Prevention School Week has been declared.
President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurated a hotline for the public to inform of narcotics-related cases.
Accordingly, the public are now able to provide information related to any narcotics cases via the hotline number ‘1984’.
Today was allocated to raise awareness on school children within classrooms with respect prevention of drugs. Tomorrow is allocated for the summoning of parents to schools for activities that are to be carried out with children with regard to drugs prevention at classroom level. Children will be educated on laws regarding narcotics on the 23rd.
The political authority is due to be apprised of narcotics on January 24th while January 25th will be set aside to publicize drugs prevention messages within and outside schools using various media and educating journalists. January 26th is set aside on behalf of programmes containing drugs prevention activities of voluntary organizations. January 27th is allocated for drug prevention activities through places of religious worship and dhamma schools.
Addressing the gathering present at the function, President Maithripala Sirisena referred to the consent express by the Government of the Philippines to support Sri Lanka in controlling the drug menace. The President pointed out that a specialist team is due in Sri Lanka shortly to explore the possibility of granting technical advisory services.
The President symbolically launched several programme including the grant of financial funds to undertake preliminar costs in the reconstruction of eleven schools damaged by floods in the Kilinochchi and Mullaivitu Districts and the granting of financial assistance to meeting the water requirements of 13 schools which lack drinking water facilities in the Mullaitivu District. Army Commander Lt. General Mahesh Senanayake handed over to the President documents to the release of state and private lands totaling 264 acres which were under the Army in the Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Mannar Districts and the release of 1999 acres belonging to main farms that were under the Government. The President in turn handed over these documents to the District Secretaries.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 21, 2019 19:12