The President made these directives at the “Discussion with Villagers” forum which commenced on Friday (September 25) at Velanwita village in Haldummulla, Badulla.
“I expect public officials to consciously comprehend the problems of the people and provide solutions. I will always stand by the officials who make the right and unwavering decisions on behalf of the people. State institutions take a long time to address people’s issues. If a written inquiry from one institution does not receive a reply from the other institution within 14 days, consider it as approved.” President ordered.
Commencing the first discussion forum titled ‘ Janapathi Gama Samaga Pilisadara’ at Kumarathenna Vidyalaya, 100 Acre Village, Welanvita, Haputale, the President listened to the grievances faced by the fellow citizens.
The President has directed the relevant authorities to carpet the road from the village 100 Acres to Velanwita, to identify water sources in order to meet drinking water requirements and to provide electricity within three months.
President Rajapaksa paid attention to the difficulties faced by the people due to the communication difficulties and it was decided on the spot to provide communication facilities within several weeks.
The President ordered the officials to take steps to construct a new building for the benefit of the students of the Kumaratenna Vidyalaya and further informed the officials to provide opportunity for the children living in the surrounding areas to return to school and receive an education.
The President also addressed a number of other issues of the people of the surrounding areas who came to the discussion forum.
President advised the speedy construction of the 35km stretch from Beragala-Wellawaya in the route between Colombo-Batticaloa road, the road up to Wellawaya in Kalipanawela Halkanna road, the 100-acre central road of the Kakkuturawa, the road connecting Dehilanda and Alutwela and other by-roads.
In addition, President ordered the officials to compile a list of issues pertaining to the lands owned by the Land Reforms Commission and Wildlife and Forest Conservation Departments presented by the public and to provide ownership certificates and deeds to them.