Lanza to head food crisis mitigation committee

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A committee headed by MP Nimal Lanza was appointed to look into the mitigation efforts of the food crisis, under the direction of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The committee is expected to formulate a plan within two weeks.

He said it is his policy not to leave anyone hungry.

The Prime Minister instructed the officials to pay more attention to children and the elderly.

The Prime Minister instructed the officials to pay more attention to children and the elderly. The Prime Minister further said 225 divisions should be handed over to the Members of Parliament and the rest to the top officials including the Secretaries to the Ministries and the Private Sector to provide leadership to develop and reach the targets of 336 Divisional Secretariats in the country under the Food Security Programme. It was proposed to recruit graduates from the Divisional Secretariats for this purpose.

The Prime Minister instructed the officials to prioritise providing food, gas, and fuel to the fishing community.

Special emphasis was placed on food security, especially for children’s homes, nursing homes, and homes for persons with disabilities. The Prime Minister also stressed the need for a medium and long term plan for a modern agricultural system that would create a regionally competitive market and called for it to be formulated urgently.

Sagala Ratnayake, Tissa Attanayake, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Mano Ganesan, Palani Digambaran, Rishad Bathiudeen, Navin Dissanayake, and Saman Ratnapriya were present at the discussion, along with Ministers Mahinda Amaraweera, Nalin Fernando, Ramesh Pathirana, Prasanna Ranatunga, and Senthil Thondaman.