Delivery of essential food items underway

2020-03-26 at 10:00

The government has launched a special programme to deliver essential food items to residences in a bid to prevent uncontrolled gathering of people at market places amidst effort to combat COVID-19.

The President’ Media Division said the programme that commenced today is being implemented through a local system in collaboration with Cooperative Societies and supermarket chains.

The Presidential Task on Continuous Supply, Operation and Coordination of Services yesterday held a meeting with stakeholders to finalise the mechanism.

Accordingly, the government has agreed to take steps to distribute food items while protecting domestic farmers and the national economy.

Head of the Operation Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa has said there is no shortage of rice, coconut, vegetables, eggs and chicken in the country and had assured to distribute all essential items to the public promptly.

Meanwhile, 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 PMD also stated that heads of banks have been also advised to take steps to keep commercial banks open to facilitate trade and other essential activities.

The government noted that 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.