Prime Minister urges Governors to protect cooperative movement


Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena told Governors not to take any step that would be detrimental to the cooperatives. Speaking at a discussion held with the Provincial Governors at the Prime Minister’s Office in Colombo he said that the cooperative movement is the giant hand that built the rural economy of Sri Lanka.

He further said, “Data from every Provincial Council show that cooperatives are a dying movement. It is not the government officials who are in the cooperatives but locals. Officials need to give them strength. Some of them are production societies, some of them are distribution societies. We need to activate identified aspects that are lagging behind for the cooperative movement to rise again.”

The Prime Minister instructed every officer including cooperative commissioners to get ready and work immediately. “This movement is important even before the implementation of the law. In order to strengthen production and distribution chain, try your best to give breath as much as possible to the cooperative movement that had once been the heart of rural economy and don’t help to strike it down,” he said.

Anura Dissanayake, Secretary to the Prime Minister,  Priyantha Mayadunne, Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration, Southern Province Governor Willie Gamage, Uva Province Governor A.J.  Musammil, Western Province Governor Roshan Gunathilake, North Western Province Governor Wasantha Karnnagoda, Central Province Governor Lalith U. Gamage, Northern Province Governor Jeevan Thyagaraja, Eastern Province Governor Anuradha Yahampath and provincial secretaries and officials took part in the event.