President’s Secretary gives instructions to ensure smooth operations of state apparatus during COVID-19 operations

President’s Secretary gives instructions to ensure smooth operations of state apparatus during COVID-19 operations

President’s Secretary gives instructions to ensure smooth operations of state apparatus during COVID-19 operations

Written by Staff Writer

23 Mar, 2020 | 11:13 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st):- The President’s Secretary has instructed the heads of state institutions to ensure that the state apparatus does not become inactive while curbing the spread of COVID-19. Earlier, the government declared the week starting from March 20 to 27, as a work from home period.

Issuing a statement, the President’s Media Division stated that the President’s Secretary has informed that the current period is not a holiday and that state officials are required to work from home by communicating remotely.

Meanwhile, the government has requested the public to avoid crowding at fuel stations, liquor stores, shops, and restaurants, and to also avoid going on trips once the curfew is lifted.

The President’s Media Division stated that steps would be taken to distribute sufficient food, water, and fuel, and pointed out that it is the responsibility of the people to refrain from purchasing excessive amounts of goods. The government has requested the people to utilise the period of the curfew to grow vegetables at their homes, and to clean the environment surrounding their residences.

While urging to pay attention towards the elderly and the children, the government advised the public to send one person from each household to purchase essential goods. The state has taken several key decisions as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These steps cover a range of sectors from banking services to fuel supplies.

The Road Development Authority has announced that expressways can be used as per usual in areas where curfew has been lifted but asks that these roads be used for essential needs only. In areas where curfew is still in effect, expressways are only open to essential services and individuals with curfew permits.

Post Master General Ranjith Ariyaratne says steps have been taken to issue senior citizens’ and disability allowances via Grama Niladharis. Ariyaratne said beneficiaries should contact their Grama Niladhari to obtain their allowances.

The Post-Master General added that appointments should be sought from Grama Niladharis prior to meeting them, in line with public health guidelines.

These steps have been taken to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable groups including the elderly and those with existing health conditions.

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