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Basil briefs Task Force on its role to deliver consumer goods at doorsteps

Basil Rajapaksa press conference

Head of the Task Force Basil Rajapaksa has briefed the officials about special mechanism that has been established to deliver essential food items to homes in order to prevent uncontrolled gathering of people at market places amidst effort to combat COVID – 19.

Ministers Chamal Rajapaksa, Bandula Gunawardena and Douglas Devananda, Secretary to the President, Dr. P.B. Jayasundara, Secretary to the Treasury, Mr. Attygalle and Secretary, Defence, Major General Kamal Gunaratne participated in this discussion.

During his brieing, Basil Rajapaksa said:

“The special mechanism established to deliver essential food items to homes will be implemented through a local system in collaboration with Cooperative Societies and super market chains, Head of the Presidential Task on Continuous Supply, Operation and Coordination of Services that are essential to maintain the day to day life in the battle against COVID- 19.

There is no shortage of rice, coconut, vegetables, eggs and chicken. These items can be packed according to the need. Assistance of the Center for Disaster Management will be obtained for this operation.

A decision has been taken to deliver medicines to the homes of regular patients who have registered at hospitals with the support of Divisional Secretaries, Public Health Officers and the security forces.

The authorities must implement a programme to supply domestic gas at consumer’s doorstep responding to the telephone orders. The objective of the entire project is to prevent the public from gathering at market places so that the health sector’s efforts to combat the coronavirus could be a success.

Divisional Secretaries, Grama Seva Niladharis, Agricultural Research Officers and Samurdhi Development Officers will assist this distribution process. At present, several countries have completely stopped the import and export activities."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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