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President appoints Special Committee for poverty alleviation

26 November 2016 10:01 am - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


President Maithripala Sirisena appointed a Special Committee to implement and oversee the approaches and programmes on poverty alleviation as the Government has declared 2017 as the year of alleviating poverty from the country.

Minister Sarath Amunugama will chair the committee and the other members of the Committee are the Ministers Ravi Karunanayake, Kabir Hashim, Sajith Premadasa, Governor Southern Province , Hemakumara Nanayakkara, Reginold Coorey, Ven.Athuraliya Ratna thero, Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon, Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Ekanayake.

The President called a meeting yesterday to discuss regarding the strategic approach which aimed at eliminating poverty from the country, to make the year 2017 as the year of alleviating poverty.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ministers and MPs, Governors, Chief Ministers, Ministry Secretaries, Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon and state officials participated in this meeting and during that meeting President Sirisena appointed this Committee.

The aim of this meeting is to prepare a main plan, obtaining proposals and ideas from all the sectors. Prime Minister, Governors, Chief Ministers, officials of the Ministry of Social Empowerment and the Governor of the Central Bank presented detailed proposals and plans on this issue.

Considering all the presented details the President instructed the relevant authorities to launch this programme more practically from ground-level of the country. He also instructed all the Local Governments and line ministries to submit a comprehensive report subsequent to the discussions among them in the future.

“Every ministry should implement a suitable project relevant to the poverty alleviation programme in the first week of January , and further instructed that the appointed Committee should continuously scrutinize those projects and must make the necessary coordination with those institutions” the President said.   

President Sirisena also emphasized that this programme should implement based on a one policy and a single objective and further emphasized the necessity of successful implementation of this programme to reduce the poverty rate of the country and to improve people’s living standards.

Another discussion will be held under the patronage of the President regarding the preliminary works of this programme next month.

  Comments - 7

  • lkboy Saturday, 26 November 2016 10:31 AM

    How can you alleviate poverty when the Cost of living always goes up?

    Jude Saturday, 26 November 2016 11:27 AM

    Well, the Idea is good!!! But my concern is execution!!!?? First and foremost get rid of the Jimbo Cabinet!!!, Secondly reduce the number of MP'S to Less than 150!!!, Moreover, get rid of trouble creating provincial government system and replace with less complicated system like having 50 Senators for entire country!!!??? Mind you, the present system of having like thousands of politicians only drain of multi- billions of Rupees which is not creating any job opportunities or any benefit to the country!!!?? As far as I know in SL what exist now you get the Ultra Rich, Super Rich and the Rich !! Then you get the Poor and the Dirt Poor!!!?? The poor and the Rich Gap widening at a alarming rate!!??

    Janaka Saturday, 26 November 2016 11:31 AM

    We understand that it's difficult to get things done if the fellow colleagues are not committed. Having said that, if you don't monitor and regularly follow up, we will not get anywhere. Unfortunately, it's a tough job to be on top of everything to make sure they are carried our with your guidelines..Good luck....

    Premalal Saturday, 26 November 2016 12:07 PM

    More talk and more committes while conveniently forgetting the promises made to the country in seeking their vote. Enjoy yourself until time catches up demand answers. People have long memories.

    gobbaya Saturday, 26 November 2016 01:22 PM

    the committee members will alleviate themselves of their poverty thats for sure..... via DM Android App

    Patriot Saturday, 26 November 2016 02:23 PM

    First recover all money plundered in the past and then stop the present lotrobbing.No other action will be necessary for poverty alleviation. via DM Android App

    Socialist Saturday, 26 November 2016 02:29 PM

    If you take in the JVP and make AnuraKumara Dissanayake the FinanceMinister he will make it happen.WithRavithe rich will become richer and poor poorer via DM Android App

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