Sanath Nishantha oblivious to Wildlife Protection Act: Chandrasena

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Referring to the incident in which the Gampaha District Forest Officer rejected the proposal to construct a playground at the Kadolkele mangrove in Negombo, Environment and Wildlife Resources Minister S.M. Chandrasena said State Minister Sanath Nishantha Perera would have been ignorant of the Wildlife Protection Act when dealing with the situation.

Addressing a news briefing, he said the approach taken by the District Forest Officer to tackle the situation was commendable.

“It is good that she explained the actual situation to Sanath Nishantha who is unaware of the legal procedure of the project. I am ready to safeguard the District Forest Officer and take sole responsibility over any possible threat to her life. No land belonging to the government can be used for construction purposes or any other motive unless through a parliamentary process. I will not allow using and destroying even an inch of mangrove,” he said, adding that steps were already underway to suspend the proposal concerned.

Accordingly, the proposal to construct a playground at the Kadolkele mangrove in the Negombo lagoon had been withdrawn following the strong stance taken by Gampaha District Forest Officer Devani Jayathilaka at a meeting chaired by State Minister of Inland Fisheries Industry Sanath Nishantha Perera last Monday. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

 

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  • Legislation Thursday, 13 February 2020 06:19 AM

    People elect MP's who are only conversant with legislation.

    Yes Sir Thursday, 13 February 2020 06:22 AM

    S.M. Chandrasena so will you stop this "yes sir no sir three bags full" culture in SL?? Also why do people worship these useless politicians? This too must stop

    ravin Thursday, 13 February 2020 06:35 AM

    I did check the background . It appears to be just G C E O/L ?. You can't expect better approach from him.

    Ramal Thursday, 13 February 2020 06:39 AM

    Man who is talking is not a saint either.

    Dot Thursday, 13 February 2020 06:41 AM

    Another ignorant POLITICIAN or the only one? and being excused for such conduct .Without reading the laws he brings his bully boys to shout down a well educated official who knew her job

    Dot Thursday, 13 February 2020 06:41 AM

    Another ignorant POLITICIAN or the only one? and being excused for such conduct .Without reading the laws he brings his bully boys to shout down a well educated official who knew her job

    Odin Thursday, 13 February 2020 06:50 AM

    Another square peg in a round hole preaching bana!

    Forester Thursday, 13 February 2020 07:38 AM

    If we only had a few more female DFOs like Devani.......!

    Ups Thursday, 13 February 2020 07:52 AM

    We people of the country want to ensure safety of this brave,straightforward official by you and President

    S.P.Ramkumar Thursday, 13 February 2020 08:01 AM

    There are lack of knowldge about environment law of this land. Villagers have to be educated or villagers have to make plant equal amountn. of trees in their land and publice lands. Also there are necessary to make playground. It is good Government have allocate land for playground. Even government could give legal approval to share playground with other Government school.

    Dee Thursday, 13 February 2020 08:02 AM

    First a playground, then a few mobile shops which becomes permanent, next a small place of worship is built, then a few 'homeless' families build a shack, then it becomes permanent (some politician will provide electricity for the 'poor' people) next the entire neighborhood has found a place where they lived in all their lives . And whatever the govt will give in for the votes!

    Nihal Jinadasa Thursday, 13 February 2020 08:06 AM

    Hats off to the courageous lady officer. That's the way to go forward. The Govt as a whole should defend her position. Nihal J

    Munsir Thursday, 13 February 2020 08:09 AM

    In other countries those people can be jailed for disrupting a public officer.

    Anura Nanayakkara Thursday, 13 February 2020 08:11 AM

    A great officer with back bone!! We need such officers in Government service.

    Leo Gunaratne Thursday, 13 February 2020 08:16 AM

    This is a true example of administration which all our government servants should learn to stand by under what ever pressure.. Bravo young lady keep it up!

    ANTON Thursday, 13 February 2020 08:22 AM

    ACCORDING TO THE LATEST RESEARCH EXPERIMENTS CARRIED OUT BY OUR POLITICIANS, IT HAS BEEN PROVEN THAT HUMANS CAN SURVIVE WITHOUT OXYGEN IN THE ATMOSPHERE.

    Question Thursday, 13 February 2020 08:48 AM

    TRILLION DOLLAR QUESTION REMAIN whether Basil knew this law when he gave away land in Wilpaptu? Gotagabaya and Mahinda please answer this question.

    G. Rajpriya Germany Thursday, 13 February 2020 09:07 AM

    Gampaha District Forest Officer Devani Jayathilaka is the real Patriot of Sri Lanka. She knows the Scientific facts and need for the future generation to live without suffocation due to enviromental Pollution.

    Patriot Thursday, 13 February 2020 09:19 AM

    Can we know the educational qualifications of the State Minister Sanath Nishantha Perera?

    Andrew Silva Thursday, 13 February 2020 09:40 AM

    So minister Chandrasena admits that a officer who talks straight with out fear or favour could be under threat for his or her life In this case Gampaha District Forrest Officer Devani Jaysthilaks life. It should be a shame to even utter words like possible threats to her life by a minister. This is supposed to be a democratic country, any body should be able to speak with out fear. Or is this a country ruled by thugs and a minister has to intervene to protect the innocent.

    Ignatius Thursday, 13 February 2020 09:47 AM

    IGNORANT as the minister states is correct ALL of the Ministers and their deputies are not only IGNORANT but FOOLS as well .

    K A Nimal Friday, 14 February 2020 07:00 AM

    Minister Chandrasena should have send a higher grade officer for this meeting. Devani was very arrogant in her delibrations like a rowdy lady

    K A Nimal Friday, 14 February 2020 07:00 AM

    Minister Chandrasena should have send a higher grade officer for this meeting. Devani was very arrogant in her delibrations like a rowdy lady


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