Special Task Force for Essential Services begins operations
2020-03-27 at 07:30
The Presidential Special Task Force for Essential Services, established by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to maintain normalcy and the smooth functioning of day-to-day life, has begun operations for the coordination, monitoring and the provision of essential public services, giving priority to the districts most at risk from the coronavirus.
The Task Force is functioning at Temple Trees under the full supervision of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and is headed by former Minister Basil Rajapaksa.
The functions of the task force include:
- The coordination of electricity, water supply and waste management.
- The supply of fuel and gas.
- The coordination and management of passenger transport services.
- The coordination and management of the supply, distribution and price control of essential food items and medicines.
- The coordination and management of provincial and district administration activities.
- The coordination and management of the rural economy.
- The coordination and management of the national economy.
During discussions held yesterday, a number of decisions were taken to provide essential public services and establish normalcy within communities. Officials from the sectors of food, electricity, water, daily wage earners, fisheries and transport for essential services participated in the discussion.