The Treasury has released Rs. 1.5 billion to the District Secretaries through the Ministry of Disaster Management to distribute dry rations among the drought affected people.
Rs. 1.43 billion out of the Rs. 1.5 billion provision has already been allocated to the relevant tasks as well as for distributing dry rations among the people in Puttalam, Kurunegala, Kilinochchi, Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Moneragala districts.
The District Secretaries say the dry rations will be issued speedily to the people in the Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Ampara, Badulla, Hambantota, Vavuniya and Mannar districts. They will be issued to the selected farmers by District Secretaries and Divisional Secretaries through the Co-operative Societies.
These dry rations will be issued according to the instructions given by President Maithripala Sirisena.
The number of families which have been affected by the drought in 15 districts is nearly 500,000. This number will be increased to 600,000 if there is no rainfall in the near future.
The provisions of relief will continue for two more months and it will be further extended if there is no rainfall. Plans have been made to provide the required funds in this regard, under the President’s directive.
The President has given instructions to the relevant parties to maintain a better coordination with the relevant District Secretaries and Divisional Secretaries through the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding these tasks and to summon a progress report from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Disaster Management once a week.
He has also instructed to obtain a report regarding the performance of the Divisional Secretaries through the Commander of the Army.