Government prepares to act on issues spotlighted on Gammedda – News 1st initiates Phase 2

Government prepares to act on issues spotlighted on Gammedda – News 1st initiates Phase 2

Government prepares to act on issues spotlighted on Gammedda – News 1st initiates Phase 2

Written by Staff Writer

23 Mar, 2016 | 10:35 pm

News 1st, Sri Lanka’s number one news provider is ready to launch the second phase of the Gammedda Door-to-Door Campaign, which is Sri Lanka’s largest public service initiative.

The News 1st Gammedda Door to Door Campaign covered all 25 districts in the country and recorded a plethora of issues faced the people living in many rural areas. The University of Peradeniya is currently in the process of compiling the final report, after analysing the many issues forwarded to us during the campaign.

Without delay, the News 1st team took a firm decision to ensure that many issues identified during the campaign, need to be given an immediate solution. Thereby, the first step was taken today, March 23, in order to raise awareness of the issues before the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government.

The discussion took place at the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government. The meeting was chaired by Additional Secretary to the Ministry S.D.A.B. Boralessa. A group of officials from News 1st represented the Gammedda Campaign Team.

The experiences of the teams were shared during the meeting and measures were taken to inform the ministry officials on the issues that need to be given priority.

Group Director of TCMOL, Chevaan Daniel stated that there is at least one person in every household suffering from chronic kidney disease, but the hospital they have to go to receive medication is located in Mahiyanganaya.

Group Director Chevaan Daniel stressed that a solution has to be provided to the difficulties they face, including the threat of wild elephants.

Director / General Manager – News 1st, Yasarath Kamalsiri noted that a large number of dilapidated roads need to be renovated as their vehicles could not access the villages because of the state of the roads. Around 1000 to 2000 persons live in the villages.

Our team received a positive response from the ministry officials .

The officials from the ministry noted that they would expedite the process of prioritising the problems, deploying officers to study these issues, and preparing estimates.

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