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CSD mobile service to help consumers

Public Security Minister Rear Admiral Dr. Sarath Weerasekara who went on an inspection tour of the Welisara Civil Security Department (CSD) facility yesterday said that there are around 35,000 COVID-19 infected people in the Western province and people are restricted due to travel restrictions imposed.

“The people have to spend and purchase their daily requirements and the CSD in order to assist the people have commenced this operation to make these fresh vegetables and rice available to the public at a very reasonable rate. The CSD obtains the produce directly from the farmers and Dambulla. They transport these items to their facilities in their own trucks and prepares the items in packs for distribution,” Minister Weerasekara said.

He said packs containing fresh produce will be made available to the public at reasonable rates.

Each pack valued at Rs.500 contains 12 items- 500g each of carrot, pumpkin, potatoes, B. Onions, Cucumber, Ash plantains, Kekiri, Kohila and 250g each of leeks and tomatoes. The pack also includes manioc and green chillies.

Speaking to the media during the inspection tour, Rear Admiral Weerasekara said that a call centre would be set up shortly where the public could call and request for this service.

"The mobile vegetable and rice distribution service is carried out by around 15-20 CSD trucks," he said, adding that the rice sold by the CSD at concessionary rates does not contain any harmful fertilisers or pesticides and is grown using organic fertilisers.

"The CSD purchases the produce from the economic centres and farmers and distributes them among the public at very reasonable rates. Among the items available from these mobile trucks are fresh vegetables and dry rations, including rice," said CSD Director General – Major General (Rtd) Nandana Senadheera.

This operation commenced on May 29 with the CSD deploying mobile trucks in Maradana, Borella, Dematagoda, Bambalapitiya, Mount Lavinia, Nugegoda, Ja-Ela, Gampaha and several other areas.