Laws causing bottlenecks in state service will be amended
The government will pay special attention to amending certain Acts
which are not practicable and which have become a hindrance to the
smooth functioning of state services, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa arriving at the Monaragala Library
Auditorium yesterday to address the Monaragala District Special
Development Committee meeting Picture by Chandana Perera
"It has been identified that certain Acts are not practicable. For
instance two licenses have to be obtained for sand mining and
transporting. Therefore, a proper mechanism has to be implemented for
amending these Acts aiming at easing the public service for the
betterment of people" the President added.
President Rajapaksa was addressing the Monaragala District Special
Development Committee meeting at the Monaragala Library Auditorium
District Secretary A Pathinadan presented the Monaragala district
progress report to the President.
The President addressing the political authority and state officials
said, the issues which can be sorted out at district level should not
brought up to national level. Minor issues that can be addressed at the
provincial or district level need not go to ministerial level he added.
"All planned development activities should continue as scheduled and
those development activities should not be affected from time to time.
Similarly, public funds should be utilized carefully for the betterment
of the country to gain maximum returns and productivity," the President
The President instructed the relevant officials to complete
construction as planned.
During the discussion the District Secretary pointed out that there
is a scarcity of drinking water in the district. The President
instructed officials of the Water Supply and Drainage Board to take
measures to supply purified water.
President Rajapaksa was told that a herd of elephants from Udawalawa
sanctuary has entered villages, He instructed the Wildlife Department to
take measures to drive the elephants back to the Udawalawa sanctuary and
to mend the electric fence to end the human-elephant conflict in the
The President refered to certain development activities which have
not been completed properly.
"The political authority should look into these issues not allowing
me to question on these incomplete development activities. It is the
duty of politicians to utilise these allocations to the utmost benefit
of the people" the President noted.
The President said public servants are duty bound to take prompt
action to resolve issues in their respective fields. They must not allow
things to drag on so that the subject will surface over and over again.
"Government officials are entrusted with the responsibility to assist
the public in obtaining redress to their problems, while performing an
exemplary role in the service of the state, "the President said.
President Rajapaksa instructed officials to take measures to solve
the problems in the Monaragala district focusing their special attention
on the burning problems, such as, the teacher shortage, drinking water,
issues relating to farming, animal husbandry, health needs, irrigation,
urban development, road construction, land disputes etc. He advised
officials to maintain the quality of development activities especially
where road construction activities are concerned since it was found that
certain roads constructed were damaged within a short period.
The officials and politicians were instructed to closely monitor the
development activities carried out in their areas while following
approved quality standards.
Special attention was drawn to provide infrastructure facilities for
the benefit of visitors to the Uva Province.
President Rajapaksa said it is the responsibility of politicians and
state officials to make the best use of public funds for the numerous
The President further said they should also adopt a better
"There is no doubt the environment should be protected while allowing
people to carry out their day-to-day life," the President added.
"Environment programmes and policies should not hamper the normal
daily routine of the people," he noted.