‘Gama Samaga Pilisandarak’ programme: Presidential Task Force to achieve goals
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed a Presidential Task Force to guide, pursue and review objectives and needs of the people that the Government seeks to achieve through the ‘Gama Samaga Pilisandarak’ programme and titled ‘Rural Development Presidential Task Force on Discussion with the Village’.
A 15-member team of State Ministers and Parliamentarians were nominated to the Task Force chaired by Minister Namal Rajapaksa.
State Ministers Nimal Lanza, Dilum Amunugama, Kanchana Wijesekera, Seetha Arambepola, Channa Jayasumana, MPs Cader Mastan, Kapila Athukorala, Sanjeeva Edirimanna, Nipuna Ranawaka, Chamara Sampath Dassanayake, Tiran Alles, Gevindu Kumaratunga, Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, Chinthaka Amal Mayadunne and Jayantha Weerasinghe are the other members of the Task Force.
Chandima Wickramasinghe, Additional Secretary to the President will handle the coordination while providing necessary information related to rural development activities in line with the programme.
The primary responsibility of the Task Force is to direct all officers at divisional level, including the District Secretary, Divisional Secretary and heads of all institutions to expedite the implementation of the programme.
The Task Force is vested with the speedy completion of projects such as the development of roads, drinking water supply, electricity, telecommunications, development of playgrounds, schools, hospitals, vocational educational institutions, universities, land transfer, banking and financial facilities, market, warehousing and infrastructure facilities, implemented at national level by Pradeshiya Sabhas and Divisional Secretariats under budget provisions for 2021 – 2023.
The Task Force is expected to expedite all projects financed by local and foreign funds under the Public Investment Programme within the specified time frame.
The President has directed the Task Force to report to him any instances of delay or omissions in the performance of the duties assigned by the Task Force to any public servant or any official of a Ministry, Department, Corporation or any such institution.