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President Ranil Wickremesinghe assured that the government will not pass or leave anyone behind in the programme to strengthen the economy of the country as well as the people.

While attending the opening ceremony of the 2024 National Programme for the distribution of rice to low-income families held today (21) at the Ambagasdowa Public Stadium, Uva Paranagama, he said in the face of the last economic crisis, all the people of the country were affected without distinction and therefore all those people should get the benefits of the country's emerging economy.

"The economy of the country is being gradually developed. Today, the villages receive money through tourism. Also, the agriculture modernization programme has been implemented. It should be said that its purpose is to create a strong export agriculture," he said.

Under this programme, 2.74 million low-income families covering the entire island will be given ten kilos of rice per month for a period of two months, April and May.

A total of 191,548 beneficiary families in fifteen Divisional Secretariat divisions of the Badulla district have qualified to receive the rice subsidy. 

Today, 25 beneficiaries were provided with bags of rice by the hand of the President, symbolizing the distribution of rice to a thousand families.


  Comments - 29

  • You Fellas Brought this Crisis and Now Trying to Show Otherwise Sunday, 21 April 2024 10:19 PM

    Why isn’t it being done now - “no one left behind and to strengthen the economy” ?People are suffering and unable to make ends meet whereas you politicians are enjoying the high perks and salaries by raking international loans and increasing taxes. You guys brought this country into this stage due to mismanagement over the years and now trying to show you are the saviour! Anyway will it to the voters and see where it stands later in the year.

    Mahila Monday, 22 April 2024 09:05 AM

    People are, 1. ‘SUFFERING AND UNABLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET’ whereas you 2. ‘POLITICIANS ARE ENJOYING THE HIGH PERKS AND SALARIES’ by 3. ‘RAKING INTERNATIONAL LOANS AND INCREASING TAXES’. 4. ‘YOU GUYS BROUGHT THIS COUNTRY INTO THIS STAGE DUE TO MISMANAGEMENT OVER THE YEARS’ And now trying to 5. ‘SHOW YOU (MEANING – “CULPRITS” - ESCAPED) ARE THE SAVIOUR’!!?? Answering in chronological order, a) True, because PEOPLE elected, Power, INEPT, Uneducated, didn’t know to Manage, therefore didn’t manage, except reducing TARIFF – relatives and friends - NEPOTISM!? b) Politicians, not only government, but Opposition (ALL) too enjoys (Perks and Salaries) and as special matter of Interest Public FUNDS to BOOST PARTY finances – SLPP, JVP, NPP and HOST of others!!?? (TBC - II)

    Mahila Monday, 22 April 2024 09:07 AM

    (Part ii) c) Post 2009, massive Loans were taken from CHINA, some development, but Commercial Interest!!?? This made Loans UNTENABLE!!?? Blame should be to this individual!! Not ALL!? d) Mismanagement, YES, IT HAPPENED; has been largely due to person involved in 3 above, who lacked ACCOUNTABILITY AND OWNERSHIP!!?? PEOPLE, BARKING AT WRONG PEOPLE!? e) Main Issue for DOWNFALL as the country-at-Large, failed because of ABOVE, and INABILITY TO ACT INCLUIVELY, TRANSCENDING, RACE, RELIGION, CASTE and BELIEFS!!!??? f) Let’s hope we overcome those barriers!!! MAY THE TRIPLE GEM BLESS Lanka for SALVATION!!???

    Volker Metzger Sunday, 21 April 2024 10:58 PM

    Ranil, as president, has had years to make radical and lasting changes to the diet and daily life of the poor for the better! This goal should have been the highest priority of his politics!!! But nothing has happened, apart from minimal social assistance that doesn't even deserve the name!!! And now he's "giving" the poorest rice for two months and thinks that this will win them their votes!? Does he seriously think that people won't recognise this stupid political game!? Anyone who has spent years making politics, especially tax policy, against the majority of the people and making the rich ever richer will be mercilessly punished in this crucial election!!! The election in October will be a disaster for President Ranil Wickremesigne!!!

    Jude Monday, 22 April 2024 12:20 AM

    RANIL in a Valiant effort to show he Cares about the people. RANIL you allowed your cronies to Rob this country. You still think you can fool the people. Ranil people rejected you and your UNP by overwhelmingly yeah UNP got only 249,435 votes out of the 16.2 million eligible voters at the last general Elections.

    Clarice Monday, 22 April 2024 12:30 AM

    1. Ranil if you keep your mouth shut it will be in the best interests of the country. 2. You are judged by the company you keep.

    Balla Donkey Monday, 22 April 2024 01:05 AM

    All big talk NO ACTION

    Avanka Perera Monday, 22 April 2024 01:12 AM

    Ranil Rajapaksha is protecting rouges and taxing the people now trying to fool people by distributing dry rations, God is above all you are one of the rouiners of this country, petrol ques were minimized because we were declared a bankrupt country and did not pay any ,loans. we will never every vote for you.

    Jude Monday, 22 April 2024 01:23 AM

    RANIL knows only one thing and one thing only, to grab power at any cost. The voters should discard these Scumbags forever!!

    Nobody Monday, 22 April 2024 11:09 AM

    You hate Ranil so much!!! Unlike you Around the world people are amazed by how he managed to recover the country from chaos… Tell me what have you done to the country?

    Jude Monday, 22 April 2024 02:10 AM

    RANIL suddenly talking about the economy!! What's your plan, Long term And Short term!??? How you're gonna increase the GDP!?? NOT by distribution of Free Rice!!

    Ram Monday, 22 April 2024 02:18 AM

    Election time bribing the people is Ranil's game plan

    Gabriella Monday, 22 April 2024 02:40 AM

    Dear oh deary me Volker Metzger, you fail to understand the mentality of MEEHARAK. Do you seriously think 76 years of stupidity can be bred out of people overnight ?

    Jude Monday, 22 April 2024 03:13 AM

    Free Rice only for 2 months yeah for April and May thereafter people have to starve and Go back to having only one meal a Day!!!

    ROSH Monday, 22 April 2024 03:20 AM

    Unelected master debating president loves inclusive double bed on his mile high club

    Nodaking kalakanniya Monday, 22 April 2024 06:29 AM

    As usual ,vague meaningless statements by the president of deception. We need to get rid of these incompetent dinosaurs and elect people who are genuinely caring for the citizens of our country.

    Nimal Monday, 22 April 2024 06:48 AM

    Strengthen the economy of the country as well as people? By handing out 20 kg of rice per family within two months after ruling the country for two years. A real economic miracle! Even John Maynard Keynes, if he were alive today, would not have understood the economics behind this move.

    Ranjith Monday, 22 April 2024 07:33 AM

    All these are given to hoodwinked people and win the elections specially just before an election, what the government is doing now is to correct the mistakes which they have made during the last two decades corruption, bad governance, mismanagement of economy as off now working on political agenda, clever leadership is creating employment, focus on developing economy ,sound financial management and facilitating income earning workforce but not distributing rice etc etc wake President where is your political maturity?

    Danba Monday, 22 April 2024 08:36 AM

    Tax all without leaving anyone. Something for nothing after making them beggers by the collective political crooks stil hanging on and sucking blood...

    Citizens Monday, 22 April 2024 09:09 AM

    You don't vow instead bow

    Sokrates Monday, 22 April 2024 09:32 AM

    The poor do not need a ceremony in which their poverty is publicly displayed. Then they can hang a sign around their neck that says: "Look, I am an underprivileged and poor citizen of this country." Rations must be distributed in a discreet manner. It's perfidious how Ranil misuses his "feeding the poor" for his election propaganda.

    grateful Lankan Monday, 22 April 2024 09:32 AM

    Ranil is the best president in recent times. It’s a pity that people don’t have enough memory and gratitude to remember in what form he accepted the country and began to restore order here. Lankans who do nothing themselves but expect to live well by magic have a very short memory.

    How much is a kilo Tuesday, 23 April 2024 05:38 AM

    The one who has the shortest memory is you; hardly 2 years. RW had been in politics for decades and was in power several times. Finally in the last election he was humiliated. Oh! Yah it was more than 2 years ago. Sorry about it. Had he been an able learder, if one names SLPP, you would have asked how much is a kilo. People like you are the scourge of any nation.

    Sil Reddy Saga Monday, 22 April 2024 09:58 AM

    Taxing the middle class to the brink to give freebies to win elections. The most stupid idea

    Ranjith Monday, 22 April 2024 11:33 AM

    How can you develop the by distributing 10kgs of rice is this your plan to develop the economy all sections of the people have to and contribute to develop the economy also you are doing this to cover up mistakes done by you and Rajapakses during the last two decades or more, we have suffered enough and still suffering because of you, you cannot fool us giving 10 kgs of rice,what is master plan for next years?distributing rice.

    Cherath Monday, 22 April 2024 03:55 PM

    And pray tell us - How exactly do you strengthen the economy? Where is proof of the rise in manufacturing output? Where are the steps to boost agriculture and exports?

    Balaputram Thambipalan Monday, 22 April 2024 04:40 PM

    This unelected, refused man did similar things for the last 50 years by cheating innocent people to steal there votes like the Central Bank Robbery! Poor people think! Why you need such things? These people have stolen your money and now giving something to show the sympathy!!

    last chance Tuesday, 23 April 2024 04:57 AM

    This man is giving the food aid given by world food program for poor people as the aid comes from his government. The food program initiated for school children too is also a part of that deception program. This man will never get a single vote from senior citizens who are carrying on their life through the interest income earned depositing their hard earned money .He is a fake who should be tried for deceiving the people and protecting A grade rouges who brought him to power.

    USMEDIA Tuesday, 23 April 2024 05:23 PM

    You will be no more after the election, people of Sri Lanka will enjoy the essence of Ranil-Free Sri Lanka, a real freedom and independence after 1948. We await the golden days ahead after this October 2024.


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