Prez Orders To Expedite Kalpitiya Islands Development
President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the Cabinet to swiftly present a plan on development of 13 Islands off Kalpitiya.
President Sirisena further instructed the Chief Minister of the Province Dharmasiri Dasanayaka and the Minister of Internal Affairs and Wayamba Development S.b.nawinna when presenting the plan to the cabinet to pay attention to the development issues of the people in the respective areas and identify the priorities.
He gave these instructions while participating in the North Western Province Action Committee held at the Madurankuliya Mercy Education Complex in Puttalam on Wednesday.
At the Action Committee meeting where the political authority and the state officials attended, they discussed in detail regarding the Grama Shakthi People’s Movement which functions in the North-western Province as well as its progress and future plans.
President Sirisena has been appraised regarding the issues faced by the farmers as a result of taking over agricultural lands of the area by the Forest Conservation Department and the President instructed the officials to provide a permanent solution for this issue to carry out their agricultural activities without any interruption.
President Sirisena also focused his attention on the
President also inquired about the decision taken to prohibit selling of coconut lands in the province and to inspect how this decision is being implemented
problems that arose in the field of dairy production in the area. The President instructed the officials to swiftly implement a comprehensive programme to promote dairy productions while providing solutions to the problems faced by the people who are engaged in this field.
Similarly, attention was drawn to the problems faced by the fruit farmers in the area. Attention was drawn to implement a suitable programme to purchase their harvest, after discussing with Cargills (Ceylon) PLC and other private companies, in circumstances where prices go down in the market.
The discussion focused on the issues that emerged on prawns and onion industry where President Sirisena also considered on the request made by the farmer community to assign the taxpayer rights of the lands where the industries are being operated. Acceding to the request, the President instructed to set up a special committee under the Chair of Chief Minister of Northcentral Province Dharmasiri Dassanayake and Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs S. B. Navinne and to present a report to him as soon as possible.
President Sirisena also inquired from the relevant officials about the decision taken to prohibit selling coconut lands in the province and to inspect how this decision is being implemented.
Ministers Rauff Hakeem, S.b.navinne, State Minister Palitha Range Bandara, Deputy Minister Indika Bandaranayake, the Chief Minister of North Western Province Dharmasiri Dassanayke, other ministers of the province and government officials were present at this event.