Steps to decentralize all government services to district and divisional levels

  • Renewable energy production in parallel with “Waga Sangramaya”…
  • Special attention to minimizing post-harvest damage…

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said there is an urgent need to decentralize all public services to district and divisional levels, as in the case of working from home.

The Persons Registration Department, Immigration and Emigration Department, Automobile Traffic Department and other public institutions can be further decentralized to district and divisional levels to provide their respective services more efficiently. The President stressed the importance of linking these key institutions to each other.

The President made the remarks during a discussion held at the President’s house in Colombo today (15) on agriculture, food security, the introduction of new methods to make public services more efficient, the decentralization of all public services to district and divisional levels and public expenditure management.

Many countries around the world pay special attention to food safety. Post-harvest damage to fruits and vegetables in Sri Lanka is estimated at 40 percent. The President pointed out that a large amount of food could be saved by paying special attention to this issue.

The President further highlighted the possibility of giving a fair price to the farmer and the consumer by minimizing the number of intermediaries in the distribution of the harvest.

Steps should be taken to identify government-owned and uncultivated land and turn it over to young people interested in cultivation as soon as possible. The Armed Forces, Civil Defense Force, and Department of Prisons were ready to cultivate. Positive results can be achieved by also involving these institutions in agriculture.

The need for renewable energy production in parallel with the “Waga Sangramaya” program was discussed. Emphasis was placed on the measures that can be taken at the institutional level to deal with the current energy crisis by focusing on the production of solar energy.

The governors, the secretary to the president, the secretaries of the ministries of public administration and agriculture, the provincial secretaries and the district secretaries were also present for the discussion.

Ashley C. Reynolds