President asks Ministers & MPs to visit weather affected victims at least once a week

President asks Ministers & MPs to visit weather affected victims at least once a week

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the relevant Ministers and MPs  to visit the areas affected by the recent adverse weather conditions, at least once a week to look into the welfare of the affected people and to ascertain their requirements.

He gave these instructions during the Kegalle District Coordinating Committee meeting held at the Kegalle Town Hall, today (01).

The President also instructed the officials to expedite the resettlement process of the displaced persons who were displaced due to the  landslides in several districts.

The President also inquired into the progress of the resettlement programme implemented to resettle the displaced persons due to the landslides in the Kegalle District.

He also advised the officials  to expedite the land identification process and further advices to resettle those people nearby to their places of origin.  The president pointed out the importance of the Ministry of Lands and the Ministry of Plantation Industries working closely in the process of land identification for resettlement.

Also, the President pointed out the need of constructing the houses in high quality standards and instructed the officials to appoint a Committee as well as to  submit a report within three days in this regard.

President Sirisena stated that he will provide the required funds to deliver relief measures to all flood victims and further said that a resolution will be presented to the Cabinet to get the approval of it to get the support of the Tri-Forces to build necessary constructions including houses, schools and hospitals.

Specially, regarding the initiatives that the Government should take to uplift the livelihoods of affected people was discussed in detail during the meeting. Also the attention had been drawn to providing compensation for the small medium entrepreneurs.

Discussions were also held regarding the issue of the education of affected children and further discussed to immediately relocate the schools in vulnerable areas.

Attention had been drawn to implement a Joint  Psychosocial Support Programmes with the support of relevant ministries for the benefit of the children in the affected families and also to implement a Joint Advisory Service for the benefit of affected adults.

During the meeting it was discussed in detail regarding the steps that should be taken to develop the infrastructure facilities to  restore the lives of the victims.  The progress of the development programs implemented in the Kegalle district by the government as well as regarding the future development plans was also discussed at length .

Ministers Anura Priyadarshana Yapa , Lakshman Kiriella , Rauff Hakeem , S.B. Dissanayake , Sajith Premadasa , Ranjith Siyambalapitiya , Ministers and MPs who represent the Kegalle district, Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon, Defense Secretary, Karunasena Hettiarachchi and many others participated in the meeting.

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