The Presidential Task Force appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to accelerate development programmes in the North and East, met at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday under the patronage of the President.
The President emphasized that the development programme should be streamlined and made efficient to provide speedy benefits to the people.
The President pointed out that the government implemented an extensive programme to uplift the living condition of the people in North and East and to development infrastructure, during the last three and half years, the people do not have sufficient knowledge about the efforts.
The President said that successful results have been received for the government’s programme to create reconciliation and coexistence of the people living in those areas.
The President further said that the government has paid its attention on providing development prevailing in other provinces of the country to the Northern and Eastern Provinces which were affected by a 26 year old war.
President appointed the task force by an extraordinary gazette notification on the 5th of June this year. The President is the chairman of the task force and the Prime Minister is a member of it.
The task force is also consisted with 50 cabinet Ministers, Governors of the two provinces, Chief Ministers of the two provinces, Secretaries of some Ministries and chiefs of the three armed forces. The task force looks into the progress of development projects the north and the east. It plans new projects that should be implemented and implement development programmes targeting the groups and sectors.
Plans have been made to launch constructions of 25,000 houses under the programme to build 50,000 houses for the people in the North and East. Constructions of another 10,000 houses will commence in January next year.