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Money to foreign farmers should be diverted to ours – President

Go to village and work, without being confined to offices:
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the meeting.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the meeting.

The Government has given priority to provide water, technical knowledge and solving land issues of the farming community. A large sum of money has been allocated from 2021 budget for this purpose. Over 800 projects that were planned utilising foreign aid and local grants have not yet been completed. The President is of the view that all these projects should be completed expeditiously and committed to fulfill aspirations of the people.

President Rajapaksa was participating in a special programme at Temple Trees yesterday to apprise the Government officials on the National Programme of ‘Back to the Village with Work’ through the initiative of ‘Discussion with the Village’.

The President said that the need for a sustainable mechanism to uplift the living standards of rural population that represents 75 per cent of the total. The present generation is moving away from agricultural activities due to inherent problems and difficulties that had to be faced by the farming community.

President Rajapaksa said that officials should focus more on solving issues through methods such as ensuring higher prices for the harvests, technical knowledge, water management, local seed production, marketing and transportation facilities and encourage farmers to engage in organic agriculture.

It is important to use people-centered approaches in resolving issues prevailing in rural areas rather than strictly adhering to rules and regulations. The President, therefore, said that it is the duty and responsibility of the officials to go to the villages and identify the problems faced by the people and work to find solutions for those issues, not confining themselves to respective offices.

This year’s budget is aimed at improving the living standards of rural people who are farming, fishing and in other industries, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said in his address. He said that the assistance of foreign experts or consultants is not required to implement the plans in this regard and that it is the responsibility of government officials to implement those strategies at grassroots level for the benefit of the rural people.

The Prime Minister commended the sacrifices made by both the public and private sectors to make a success of the changed lifestyle with the coronavirus pandemic.

With the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic situation, a tendency has emerged to use digital technology in a number of fields, including school education to service needs. It revealed the ability of local officials to embrace and work on something new at any moment. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stressed the need to integrate modern technology with State institutions speedily.

The Prime Minister said that on every occasion that a government led by them came into power, it effectively carry forward the abandoned development and the promotion of economic growth of the country . He said that he expects the support of the public servants to build the country in the future, too, as in the past.

The objective of today’s programme was to discuss the issues that arise in the implementation of projects and programmes and how to resolve them.

Basil Rajapaksa, Head of the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival and Poverty Alleviation, said that the Government has taken a number of steps to protect crops from wild elephants and other animals.

Basil Rajapaksa requested to submit proposals compiled at rural level to address such issues, to the Government.

Cabinet and State Ministers, Governors, District and Divisional Secretaries, Planning Service officials, Accountants and many other government officials were present.