Home delivery of essential commodities begins: PMD

25 March 2020 09:07 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


In order to prevent uncontrolled gathering of people at market places amidst effort to combat COVID -19, a special mechanism has been established to deliver essential food items to homes, the President's Media Division said. Quoting Basil Rajapaksa, the PMD said 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 that are essential to maintain the day to day life in the battle against COVID- 19. The entire process should be in line with the Coronavirus control initiatives carried out by the health sector. It is imperative to maintain the day to day life of the public. Steps have been taken to distribute food items while protecting domestic farmers and the national economy. Mr. Rajapaksa made these observations during a meeting held today (25) at the Presidential Secretariat with all District Secretaries, Heads of banks and State and private entities tasked with the supply of essential food items. There is no shortage of rice, coconut, vegetables, eggs and chicken. Mr. Rajapaksa has pointed out the possibility of distributing these items through a combined effort between Cooperative outlets and super markets after purchasing from domestic farmers. These items can be packed according to the need. Assistance of the Center for Disaster Management will be obtained for this operation. A decision was taken to deliver medicines to the homes of regular patients who have registered at hospitals with the support of Divisional Secretaries, Public Health Officers and the security forces. It was also discussed to implement a system to distribute medicines thorough few locally selected pharmacies to patients who purchase medicines from private pharmacies. Heads of the banks were also advised to take action to keep the commercial banks open to facilitate trade and other essential activities. Mr. Rajapaksa has requested the authorities to implement a programme to supply domestic gas at consumer's doorstep responding to the telephone orders. The objective of the entire project is to prevent the public from gathering at market places so that the health sector's efforts to combat the coronavirus could be a success. Divisional Secretaries, Grama Seva Niladharis, Agricultural Research Officers and Samurdhi Development Officers will assist this distribution process. At present, several countries have completely stopped the import and export activities. It was discussed at length about building a stable production economy in the country while paying greater attention to the prevailing situation. It was decided to facilitate the cultivation and fisheries activities without any interruption. The relevant officials were advised to encourage the farmers to cultivate vegetables as well as paddy, maize, undu, green gram, cowpea and kurakkan. Ministers Chamal Rajapaksa, Bandula Gunawardana and Douglas Devananda, Secretary to the President, Dr. P.B. Jayasundara, Secretary to the Treasury, Mr. Attygalle and Secretary, Defence, Major General Kamal Gunaratne participated in this discussion.

  Comments - 6

  • Rex Jarkie Wednesday, 25 March 2020 09:31 PM

    Great hope we could use the debit and credit cards beside paying cash because most of them may have cash in bank unable to withdraw

    Senarathne Wednesday, 25 March 2020 09:44 PM

    dailymirror please can you help us to come our mother land? even though our company released us to go, we don't have flight to come Sri Lanka. we are from Maldives hotel workers.

    S.P.Ramkumar Wednesday, 25 March 2020 09:44 PM

    These are grate initiatives of our government. Government of the people for the people, by the people. People selected their political leaders to allocating resources and safeguard them from visible, invisible, tangible and intangible enemies. We all joint hand and safe us from this Pandemic.

    Xavier Wednesday, 25 March 2020 09:59 PM

    I need to get my medicine. Please let me know how can I order this. Any telephone no ????

    Citizen Wednesday, 25 March 2020 10:11 PM

    As a member of the public, what should one do to get his supply under this Government's Programme?

    Sam jayasinghe Thursday, 26 March 2020 08:51 AM

    Essential food

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