President meets Governors on resuming key activities next week

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa met the Provincial Governors today and discussed steps to be taken on resuming key activities next week.

The President’s Office said that he reviewed, in depth, the mechanism in place to resume day-to-day life and work in the districts of Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha and Puttalam from 11th of May onward, at a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat this evening (5).

“I mentioned that both public and private sector entities should re-commence their work while strictly adhering to the Corona prevention guidelines prescribed by the Government and the Ministry of Health,” the President said.

The meeting was attended by the Provincial Governors and Ministry Secretaries.

Heads of institutes were requested to present a comprehensive plan of action on the organizational operations to the health authorities.

“I emphasised the necessity of strict adherence to health guidelines in providing public transportation facilities as well. I also pointed out the possibility of arranging transport facilities for the members of the staff in liaison with Welfare Societies of respective organizations,” the President said in a statement.

The number of employees to be called for work is be decided in a manner which does not disrupt the service provided by each institution.

Duty shifts will be decided based on the organizational structure and the time to report to work should be finalized according to the requirement of the institution, the Prsident’s Office said.

Recently, some organizations have developed a wide range of facilities to work from home.

“I instructed the Ministry Secretaries to further enhance these facilities by collecting information and responding to queries via e-mail and SMS. I stressed that these modalities must be given legal acceptance,” the President said.

He said that future operations relating to National Identity Cards, passports and Department of Motor Traffic were also discussed.

It was also decided to explore the possibility of re-opening selected schools in rural areas under the recommendations of Zonal Directors of Education. Special attention is to be given to water supply, sanitation and health related matters.

It was noted that development work in areas of electricity, water, irrigation, agriculture, renovation of tanks and building constructions have already begun in other districts.

Such activities can resume in the districts where the resumption of civilian life will commence from May 11th.

The President also advised officials to be vigilant about health issues that can arise in relation to rat fever and dengue in future.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Head of the Presidential Task Force Basil Rajapaksa, Secretary to the President P. B. Jayasundera, Principal Advisor to the President Lalith Weeratunga and Secretary to the Prime Minister Gamini Senarath were also present during the discussion. (Colombo Gazette)

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