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President appoints special committee to take quick decisions on drought relief

HE MR PICA special discussion was held at the President’s Official Residence yesterday (18th Jan) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, to look into the preparations at Ministerial level to provide essential relief to the public during the impending  drought situation in the country.
The President has given instructions to appoint a special committee comprising Secretaries of the Ministries of Power and Energy, Mahaweli and Water Supply, to make quick decisions in the process of providing relief to the people minimizing the difficulties.

During the meeting, it was discussed in detail regarding the programs already in existence and future work plans launched by respective ministries to face the impending drought situation. 

Further discussions were held regarding the steps that should be taken to protect water resources to minimize this kind of disaster situations.

President Sirisena also instructed the officials to implement a program to reconstruct the tanks with no water, and pointed out the importance of apprising the public regarding the protection of water sources and proper use of  water.

Ministers Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Susil Premajayanth, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya,Duminda Disanayake, Laxman Yapa Abeywardena, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Secretaries of the Ministries and other officials participated.

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