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Ministry transfers Yala Warden to WLCD Head Office

29 June 2016 08:14 am - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Suranga Ratnayake, the Warden of Yala National Park has been transferred to the Wildlife Conservation Department's (WLCD) Head Office in Battaramulla with effect from today, sources in the department said.

Suranga Ratnayake was reported to have been harassed after he revealed to the media how political pressure was exerted on him and WLCD Director General Dr. Sumith Pilapitiya, causing the latter to resign.

In a Daily Mirror article (Why did Wild Life Department chief resign?) regarding the resignation of  Suranga Ratnayake claimed that Sustainable Development and Wildlife Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera had wanted him to apologise to Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa, following an unpleasant incident that took place between the two of them at Yala National Park.

He also claimed that this particular incident and several other cases of 'political interference' had prompted Dr. Pilapitiya to resign from his esteemed post.

Earlier, it was learnt that, unless Mr. Ratnayake requested a transfer, he would be interdicted and an inquiry would be launched by the ministry on the grounds that he had violated the Establishments' Code.

However, Mr. Ratnayake had not requested a transfer.

It is reported that those who worked at Yala National Park with Mr. Ratnayalke are opposed to the ministry's decision to transfer him. (Piyumi Fonseka)

  Comments - 13

  • Henry Wednesday, 29 June 2016 08:04 PM

    This is a good alarm for the little remaining honest

    Ram Wednesday, 29 June 2016 11:21 AM

    Suranga Ratnayaka is dealing with Urban Wild Jumbos

    Chris Wednesday, 29 June 2016 11:59 PM

    Is this the Yahapalanaya which was promised to us by the President and the Prime Minister?It's very clear that both of them don't want a second term and they don't get it either.

    waruna Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:09 PM

    Good people cannot work when there is political influence. A pathetic situation.

    Lakmal Kahawela Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:16 PM

    When you sleep with dogs, you wake up with ticks

    Perumal Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:46 PM

    Wild animals are on both sides of the political devide.

    yakadaya Wednesday, 29 June 2016 01:50 PM

    Shame on you Yahapalanaya. You have blackened the faces of those millions who voted for you. Disgusting and shameful. The Minister should have BEEN KICKED OUT.

    das Wednesday, 29 June 2016 03:21 PM


    kk Wednesday, 29 June 2016 03:53 PM

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    gobbaya Wednesday, 29 June 2016 08:00 AM

    yahapalanaya at its crowning glory via DM Android App

    ANTON Wednesday, 29 June 2016 08:59 AM


    Thomas Ranger Wednesday, 29 June 2016 09:00 AM

    /what does Jayawickreme Perera know about wild life, for God;s sake. Give the Ministry to Uruwige Attho, at he is a man born, bred and lives in the jungles.

    dan Wednesday, 29 June 2016 09:36 AM

    When the country is run by Jelly heads, this is end results.No morals at all.

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