Sri Lanka President addresses issues in implementing national program to eradicate drug menace


Aug 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena today asked the ministries and institutions to commit themselves to fulfill the responsibilities and duties bestowed upon them in a perfectly satisfactory manner when engaged in the programs implemented by the Government to eradicate the drug menace in the country.

The President during a special discussion at the Presidential Secretariat on Monday discussed the problems the relevant authorities face when implementing the national program to eradicate the drug menace.

He advised the relevant officials to present a report to him regarding the issues facing each ministry and institutions when implementing the drug eradicating programs and new proposals as well as shortages in the projects.

During the discussion, the attention was drawn to issues related to the raids and the legal issues arise when conducting raids on the smuggling drugs into the country.

The officials drew the attention of the President to the issues arise due to the lack of coordination between the relevant authorities when conducting raiding and enforcing the laws. The President emphasized the importance of everyone working unitedly for the success of the National Policy to eradicate the drug menace.

Use of modern technology while raiding and to provide training to relevant officials was discussed in detail. Also the attention had been drawn to implement a program to felicitate the officers who are involved in raiding to encourage them further.

Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon, Director of the Presidential Task Force for Drug Prevention Dr. Samantha Kumara, Additional Secretary to the President Rohana Dissanayake, Commissioner General of Excise L.K.G. Gunawardena, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, Additional Director General Thilak Perera and other officials participated in the discussion.

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