26 March 2020 – Presidential Task Force established to coordinate Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 response

Type of Intervention: Executive Order, Regulation, New Tool / Service / Body
Sectors Involved: Health, Social Services, Supply Chains, Transportation
Intervention Categories: Planning and strategy; Creating and using advisory groups or committees
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Mr Basil Rajapaksa President’s Special Envoy

Overview: The appointment of a Presidential Task Force to direct, coordinate and monitor the delivery
of continuous services for the sustenance of overall community life, including the supply of food provisions produced in rural areas and producers direct to consumers giving priority to the Districts of Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, Puttlam, Jaffna, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya and Mullaitivu which have greater vulnerability in the eradication of coronavirus in Sri Lanka
Full details here: http://documents.gov.lk/files/egz/2020/3/2168-08_E.pdf

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee, Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report)
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – government
Evidence/Justification: Stated in the Gazette
1. World Health Organization has indicated that the coronavirus patients in Sri Lanka, as well as the number of suspected coronavirus affected persons, is increasing practically in all countries,

2. Need for the Government to intervene to manage Government and Private Sectors with proper procedures to provide continuous delivery of public services without disruption to the conduct of normal community life.

3. Food security has become a priority matter due to the emergence of a grave demand for domestic food production in the context of suspension of overseas supplies