President appoints committee on poverty alleviation

unnamed-copyPresident Maithripala Sirisena appointed a special committee to implement and oversee the approaches and programmes on poverty alleviation as the Government has declared 2017 as the year of alleviating poverty from the country.

Minister Sarath Amunugama will chair the committee and the other members of the Committee are the Ministers Ravi Karunanayake, Kabir Hashim, Sajith Premadasa, Governor Southern Province , Hemakumara Nanayakkara, Reginold Coorey, Ven.Athuraliya Ratna thero, Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon, Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Ekanayake.

The President called a meeting today to have a discussion on the strategic approach which is aimed at eliminating poverty from the country, to make the year 2017 as the year of alleviating poverty.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ministers and MPs, Governors, Chief Ministers, Ministry Secretaries , Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon and state officials participated in this meeting.

The aim of this meeting is to prepare a plan, obtaining proposals and ideas from all the sectors. Prime Minister, Governors, Chief Ministers , officials of the Ministry of Social Empowerment and the Governor of the Central Bank presented detailed proposals and plans on this issue.

Considering all the presented details the President instructed the relevant authorities to launch the programme more practically from ground-level. He also instructed all the Local Governments and line ministries to submit a comprehensive report subsequent to the discussions among them in the future.

“Every ministry should implement a suitable project relevant to the poverty alleviation programme in the first week of January , and further instructed that the appointed Committee should continuously scrutinize those projects and must make the necessary coordination with those institutions” the President said.

President Sirisena also emphasized that this programme should implement based on a one policy and a single objective and further emphasized the necessity of successful implementation of this programme to reduce the poverty rate of the country and to improve people’s living standards.

Another discussion will be held under the patronage of the President regarding the preliminary works of this programme in the next month.


  1. The Sri Lanka Government should read the September 2015 70-page World Bank report on Sri Lanka to understand poverty in the country. For this, no need for committees and waste time and money. Sri Lanka is 19% Urban which had all the privileges since Independence. In this Urban Sector, the privileged were/are Sinhalese Tamils and Muslims. 76% is Rural Sector which had the raw-deal since Independence. Monaragala, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Badulla are some of the areas under the neglected Rural Sector. In this Rural Sector, again, Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims live with no hopes of upward mobility in life. Then 5% Plantation Sector, and no one talks about the plight of this Tamils of Recent Indian Origin (Plantation) people.

    If this can be understood, Sri Lanka could develop a plan to assist/help the Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims in the Rural Sector.

    Addressing the Tamil Issue is not the Only Problem Sri Lanka faces.

    If you read my just-released book TAMIL TIGERS’ DEBT TO AMERICA: US FOREIGN-POLICY ADVENTURISM & SRI LANKA’S DILEMMA (available at AMAZON) one could get the real picture of ‘Poverty Issues’ of all ethnic communities in Sri Lanka and how Sri Lanka has mixed her national issues with no durable solutions – DAYA GAMAGE


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