Inoperative rice processing centres:
President orders full scale survey
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday directed officials to conduct a
full scale survey on inoperative rice processing centres including the
Vanni rice processing mill and bring them back to operational level
soon. The President was addressing a progress review meeting of the
Cooperative and Internal Trade Ministry at Temple Trees.
The President and the officials dicussed the future plans of the
Ministry in line with the Mahinda Chinthana Policy framework.
He expressed the need of a viable mechanism to fulfill the rice
requirement of the country during the upcoming festive season. Ministry
officials were ordered that a reserve of essential foods be maintained
in the country at all times.
The President opined that paddy production needed to be promoted by
strengthening farmers at low income families should be assisted by
providing rice and other essential foods at a concessionary rate.
President Rajapaksa emphasized that the production centres should be
uplifted. He drew the Ministry officials’ attention to complaints
received over the misconduct at certain institutions that come under the
Cooperative and Internal Trade Ministry purview.
The dossier containing complaints were handed over to Cooperative and
Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando for further action. The
President said the details of rice processing units and storage
facilities are included in the dossier and expected that action would be
taken by officials.
Deputy Minister Neomal Perera, Secretary to the President Lalith
Weeratunga and Ministry Secretary Anura Edirisinghe also participated.