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The destruction of natural resources and all other components essential for the survival of living beings on earth by people themselves was the biggest challenge faced by the world today, President Maithripala Sirisena said.

At the 6th national programme at Nuwara Eliya Town Hall yesterday to create a Narcotics Free Sri Lanka, he said the production, distribution and abuse of drugs had become a menace that needs to be eradicated more by example than by precept.

"Although the Nuwara Eliya district can be identified as one of the main economic centres of the country with its plantation crops such as tea and food crops such as vegetables and fruits, some 18% of those living in the district are undernourished. A comprehensive study is needed to find out whether there was a link between the use of tobacco, alcohol and malnutrition because the district was the second highest tax payer for tobacco and alcohol after Jaffna," the President said.

He said the government was determined to free the nation from the perils of narcotics, tobacco and alcohol by 2020

The President said he would make all drug prevention programmes better organised and efficient and directed the officials to include the discussions on drug prevention into the agendas of the District and Local Development Committees.

He said one of the reasons for the high level of poverty and undernourishment among the people in the Nuwara Eliya District was drug addiction among males and females.

The national programme was organized by the Presidential Task force on Drug Prevention.

The President unveiled the plaque on educating people about drug prevention.

The report on the National Drug Prevention Programme of the Nuwara Eliya District was presented to the President by NE District Secretary K.H.A. Meegasmulla. Minister P. Digambaram, Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake, Member of Parliament Muthu Sivalingam, President's Senior Additional Secretary Rohana Keerthi Dissanayake and Presidential Task Force for Drug Prevention Director Dr. Samantha Kithalawarachchi were among present.

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  • siva Monday, 27 June 2016 03:39 PM

    Perhaps the areas paying the highest taxes may not be illicitly brewing them.

    kk Monday, 27 June 2016 05:22 PM

    ask your friend MR to avoid liquor via DM Android App

    Prem Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:01 PM

    Jaffna and Nuwara Eliya may be the contributer in sales of alcohol.But both places attracts tourist from other parts of the country and foreigners.This has to be taken into account.

    Ken Tuesday, 28 June 2016 05:16 AM

    He should have remained the health minister. The only thing he seems to have some idea of. via DM Android App

    Keerthi Wijebahu Tuesday, 28 June 2016 05:29 AM

    Wishful (fool) thinking, good luck for our country for next 5 years.

    read Monday, 27 June 2016 12:10 PM

    Chief Minister CV - please read this as many times as possible and understand how Hon President is caring for the Tamil people living in North


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