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‘Certain parties which neglected duty, blame govt’

Although it is the duty of the government and the Opposition to join hands and work in unison to repair damages caused by natural calamities, certain parties which have neglected this duty and responsibility keep on blaming the government during natural disasters, said Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Aamaraweera.

The new building. Picture by Nalin Hewapathirana

He said the government on its part is always dedicated towards the duty of building a safe and secure country while protecting people of all communities irrespective of whether the Opposition lent its cooperation towards such endeavours or not. Minister Amaraweera was addressing a meeting which followed the opening of his ministry’s new building complex by President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday. The building complex which will house all departments and institutions earlier strewn in several places, under once roof, was built at a cost of Rs 900 million.

The ministry’s Emergency Operation Centre and Emergency Call Centre are also located in this new building.

Minister Amaraweera said the President who pioneered the setting up of the Disaster Management Ministry also headed the National Committee on Disaster Management as its President.

The decision taken by the Head of the state to preside over the National Disaster Management of Sri Lanka has been highly acclaimed by many countries as a wise move which gives top priority for this subject.

Minister Amaraweera said: “We as a government is always prepared and duty bound to provide relief to people affected by natural disasters.

“The President has instructed us to provide prompt attention to people affected by natural calamities from the initial stage of providing them with cooked meals. This has enabled us to provide an example to the rest of the world in caring for disaster affected people.”

Minister Amaraweera said acting on the direction of the President, his ministry took swift action to come to the aid of families affected by the mini-cyclone which struck houses at the Menik farm welfare centre.”

The minister said since the President had directed them to take action to prevent disasters wherever possible, his ministry has now created a joint programme with the Defence Ministry to avert floods in the Colombo City.

“Cabinet approval has been received for a programme to prevent landslides,” the minister said.



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