Foreign garbage - Prez should ask CID to probe: Opposition

23 July 2019 11:55 pm - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Opposition today requested President Maithripala Sirisena to instruct the CID to launch an investigation into the foreign garbage issue.

Customs said more than 100 containers of garbage were imported by some BOI-registered companies from Britain.

MP Bandula Gunawardana told a news conference that the President should intervene to resolve this matter.

“He can direct the CID to find out who exactly imported the garbage and who gave them the permit to do so. We also request him to scrutinise the Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SL-S'pore FTA) further because it permits the import of garbage. No action can be taken against the import of garbage if this FTA comes into operation,” he said.

The MP said the imported garbage poses an environmental threat with it also being stored in close proximity to the Muthurajawela wetlands.

Meanwhile, he rejected allegations that it was the previous Rajapaksa government which allowed the import of garbage. “The 2013 gazette did not allow the import of garbage,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

 

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  • Shamal Fernando Wednesday, 24 July 2019 08:16 AM

    You should know the cause as it has been gazetted in 2013.

    Saranga Walimuni Wednesday, 24 July 2019 08:18 AM

    You are garbage We are happy to keep garbage and send 225 instead

    Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 24 July 2019 09:12 AM

    That would be the right task for the president to take care of garbage

    cont Wednesday, 24 July 2019 10:37 AM

    special containers names are : Morning (udaya), Paddy flower (V mal),Bera needle(band ula) and Aiya goust(nana yakkaa ) from these containers brought lost of garbage.


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