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Water issues need to be addressed urgently in the North – By Maithripala

President Maithripala Sirisena says that the main reason for the increase in the poverty of the people in the North is the urgent need to address the water issue.President Maithripala Sirisena made this observation at a meeting of the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (12th) to review the progress of the proposed water projects in the Northern Province.

Speaking further on the occasion, the President further stated,

If the people in the area were the main livelihoods of the people, proper development of the water for their agricultural activities would be provided to the rest of the people.

In the meantime, the President pointed out to the authorities that it was necessary to expedite the implementation of the earlier resolution on the transfer of water from the streams through the streams running through the Ratnapura, Kegalle and Kaluthara areas to the North. President Rajapaksa said that the project that is being implemented without environmental degradation will be accelerated and effective results for the people in the North.

The progress of other water supply projects implemented to meet the demand for agriculture and drinking water in the Northern Province were also reviewed.

Mahaweli Development and Environmental Affairs Minister Ajith Mannapperuma and Secretary of the Ministry Anura Dissanayake were also present at the meeting.

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