If price of rice goes further up, Govt. will provide rice at a concessionary rate, losing money – President
President Maithripala Sirisena says the Government will take steps to provide rice at a concessionary rate to the public by importing rice from other countries, if the price of rice goes up in the local market further, as the paddy production decreased due to the recent droughts.
He made these remarks addressing a ceremony held in the Polonnaruwa district, yesterday (10).
The President recalled an article published in a national newspaper stating that the heads of the government cannot see the prices increase of rice, and said that as a leader who came from an ordinary family, and who knows the suffering of the people, always acts according to these experiences and he is never ready to allow people in the country to starve.
There is a transformational change taking place in many fields in the country, including social, economic and political spheres under the present Government and the President emphasized that whatever challenges he has to face he will take forward this procedure with commitment.
President Sirisena vested the Janadhipathi Adarsha Primary School, built in Palugasdamana, Polonnaruwa with the students.
“Performing to provide similar educational rights to the children in all areas in the country, including the North Central provinces, is one of the major plans of the current government” he said. The President stated that earlier, the Janadhipathi schools were limited only to a few areas of the country.
The President who opened the school by unveiling the plaque, undertook an observation tour of the school premises. He also launched the official website of the school.
President Sirisena presented a certificate to Vishmanie Manuththara, a student of the school who demonstrated skills in the provincial drawing competition – 2017.
Chief Minister of North Central Province Peshala Jayarathne, State Minister Vasantha Senanayake, State Minister Sampath Sri Nilantha and the Principal of the school Priyanga de Silva were among those who participated in this occasion.
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from where are you getting the funds is it by rooftop solar panels generators?
sirisena coming from polonnanaruwa ought to come out with a b. etter solution than providing subsidised rice for it is not a lasting solution. He knows it but he does not want a solution that will save him and his cronies including his brother who is steeped in retailing rice.
Further all rice brought to sri lanka should be accounted for and rice should never be considered as a free good. ew would remember the times. shortly after the war war rice was rationed and people went to the cooperatives to purchase rice this went on for about a decade and stain other commodities were rationed. On one occasion it became political when sirimavo promisede free අැට අට and when this was debated in parliament made was questioned as to whether it was to be brought from the moon. whatever the outcome of this debte i think madame was re-elected for anotherm to office.
rice will continue to play a major role in the future politick in sri lanka in spite of the chinese investments which is about the only salvation for us and sirisena ought to be cautious when he comes to defnd his rice milling autratic brother
Oh No No. You should not provide rice at a concessionary rate to the public by importing rice from other countries.
This way people will never realize the value of food. You must say if you don’t grow your food stuff, starve and die. goverment has nothing to do with this.
Instead of cramming books and passing these worthless exams get in to a paddy field and start cultivation.
If you give concessions raise the price of rice as much as Rs 1000. kg. People will soon realize the value of rice and start growing rise and other things what consumer wants.
Giving concessions only make the matter worst. Animals find food so why can’t these lazy Sri Lankens.
During my childhood UNP von elections by promising to bring rise from the moon.
UNP love affair with Rice is like Marrow and Bone. First it was Late Dudley Senanayake promisedto giverice at a reduced price to win election. Then NM Perera, Calvin R De Silva, Vivian Gunawardane et al (all comunists) name UNP supporters as ‘Bath Gotto’. Then JR promised 8 Kilos of gran (Ata ata 8 8).
Now the UNP importing rice from 4 countries!
You are absolutely correct Indra.
Dear Indra, That is why UNP is called Bath-Gotta s. You are right.
MrAmarakoon. It is not advisable to give subsidies to rice or anything because people do not relies the real value of it. When the price is high people will grow there own food. Isn’t better than youngsters wasting time following this meaningfulness education and rioting to get a employed.