Dinesh appoints Committee

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Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has appointed a committee, under the chairmanship of the Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake, to implement the programme where Grama Niladhari (GN) divisions will be turned into centres of rural economic revival.

The meeting mainly discussed how to empower the fishing industry through this programme. During the meeting, discussions were held regarding a number of sectors including livestock and animal husbandry.

The Prime Minister directed that the accelerated food security programme, including enhancing the nutrition of the people should be implemented immediately for the period of next two years. He also gave instructions to the concerned officials to prepare the necessary arrangements to immediately supply the fishermen with kerosene oil and diesel, which are essential at present.

“The fishing industry should move towards the goals of food security and nutrition as well as to increasing the export of fish products to the level of garment exports. On the other hand, government institutions should provide facilities and allocate additional land for cultivation. Go beyond data collection and explanations. Districts should make an action plan and implement this programme because it is the right time to overcome the challenges and not the time to waste time on presenting data and statistics,” Gunawardena said.

Dissanayake said that the first meeting of the committee to be held under his chairmanship.

Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Douglas Devananda, Minister of Commerce and Food Security Nalin Fernando, as well as Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake, Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Local Government and Provincial Council P Mayadunne, Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Food Security S.T. Kodikara, Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources R.M. Ratnayake as well as many officials including the heads of State institutions related to this programme such as fisheries, wildlife, forest conservation, environment, irrigation and Mahaweli were present at the meeting.  District secretaries joined the discussion via Zoom technology.