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Provide maximum relief without limiting to circulars: President

President Maithripala Sirisena says a comprehensive programme will be implemented in the future to construct the houses destroyed due to the inclement weather.

The President instructed the officials not to limit to rules and regulations as well as circulars when providing relief to the affected people and further stated to fulfill their responsibilities in a practically and a proper manner.

The President further said that the programme will be implemented based on the information received from the relevant institutions.

President Sirisena made these remarks participating in a special meeting held to discuss immediate steps for necessary relief measures to the affected people by the prevailing unfavorable weather conditions at the Kalutara District Secretariat, on Saturday (27).

“The final decision on implementing an appropriate mechanism with regard to granting compensation for deceased persons, and providing relief to the displaced persons who lost their day to day livelihoods, will be taken following the meetings with the relevant authorities next week,” the President said.

President Sirisena also said that the Cabinet will take a decision at the next Cabinet to initiate a new process at national and district levels to face challenges frequently arising due to natural disasters.

President Sirisena further instructed the officials to continuously carry forward the relief measures to provide all the facilities including the food, drinking water, and medical treatment to the affected people.

The President also said that Ministers and MPs representing the affected areas have the prime responsibility to ensure the well-being of the people.

President Sirisena also extended his gratitude to the Tri-Forces, Police and Public and Non-Governmental Organizations for rendering their great service for the rescue operations and relief providing measures.

The President conveyed his deepest condolences to the Sri Lanka Air Force member who died during a flood rescue operation.

The President summoned this special meeting as soon as he returned to the country after concluding a successful state visit to Australia.

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