Local News: A special system has been developed to distribute vital food products to homes in order to avoid uncontrolled gathering of people on the market places in the midst of efforts to counter COVID-19.
This will be implemented through a local system in collaboration with Cooperative Societies and super-market chains, Head of the Presidential Task on Continuous Supply, Operation and Coordination of Services, which are necessary to sustain day-to-day life in the fight against COVID-19, Basil Rajapaksa said.
The entire procedure will be in line with the health-care sector’s Corona management initiatives. Maintaining the day-to-day public life is imperative. Steps to distribute food products have been taken thus protecting domestic farmers and the national economy.
Mr Basil Rajapaksa made these observations at today’s meeting (25) of the Presidential Secretariat with all District Secretaries, Heads of Banks and State and private institutions responsible for supplying necessary foodstuffs.
There is no shortage of rice, coconut, vegetables, eggs and chicken.. Mr. Rajapaksa pointed out the possibility of selling certain products after purchasing from domestic farmers through a joint effort between cooperative outlets and supermarkets. Such things can be packed as needed. Assistance will be received for this operation from the Emergency Management Centre.
A decision was made to distribute drugs to the homes of regular patients who registered with Divisional Secretaries, Public Health Officers and the security forces in hospitals.
Implementation of a program for distributing thoroughly few locally selected pharmacies to patients who buy medicines from private drugs was also addressed.
Bank heads have also been urged to take steps to keep the commercial banks open to promote trade and other critical activities.
Mr Basil Rajapaksa has asked the authorities to introduce a system to supply domestic gas at the doorstep of the customer in response to telephone orders.
The goal of the whole project is to prevent the public from gathering in marketplaces so that the efforts of the health sector to counter coronavirus can be a success.
This distribution process will be assisted by Divisional Secretaries, Grama Seva Niladharis, Agricultural Research Officers and Samurdhi Development Officers Some countries have now suspended the import and export operations entirely.
The development of a stable production economy in the country was addressed at length, while paying greater attention to the prevailing situation.
It was determined that the farming and fishing activities would be encouraged without interruption.
It was advised that the relevant officials encourage the farmers to grow vegetables as well as paddy, maize, undu, green gram, cowpea and kurakkan.
This discussion was attended by Ministers Chamal Rajapaksa, Bandula Gunawardena and Douglas Devananda, Secretary to the President, Dr. P.B. Jayasundara, Secretary to the Treasury, Mr. Attygalle and Secretary of Defense, Major General Kamal Gunaratne.