President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has stated that all farmers will be given full approval to continue traditional cultivations without any hindrance until the problems they experience are resolved. The President took this decision focusing on the issues raised by the farmers who attended the 6th ‘Gama Samaga Pilisandara’ program Saturday in Medirigiriya village in Polonnaruwa district. The President directed the officials of all institutions including wildlife, forest conservation, environment and the police not to hinder the traditional cultivation activities. However, the President emphasized that no one was allowed to clear the forest and cultivate it.
Polonnaruwa is one of the districts in the country threatened most by the wild elephants. The President instructed the officials to understand the problem people have been facing for a long time and implement both the construction of trenches and erection of electric fences as a permanent solution. The people pointed out the damage caused to the education of the students due to the stalled development work of many schools in the district. President Rajapaksa instructed the authorities to expedite the completion of all stalled development work in all schools in the country. The President took these decisions while participating in the “Chat with the Village” program held at Wedikachchiya Village, Medirigiriya, Polonnaruwa last morning. This is the sixth in a series of “Conversations with the Village” program launched by President Rajapaksa.