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Minister Bandula Gunawardana said the entire government stood for the brave District Forest Officer Devani Jayathilaka who had a crosstalk with State Minister of Inland Fisheries Industry Sanath Nishantha Perera last Monday over protecting the Kadolkele mangrove at the Negombo lagoon.

Responding to a question raised by a journalist during today's Cabinet news briefing, he said if the lady officer made a similar challenge under the previous UNP rule, she would have ended up in remand prison or at hospital by now.

“The Cabinet that discussed the verbal clash between the District Forest Officer and the State Minister accepted that the former had done the right thing. However, I believe the lack of understanding between the duo led to this argument. Nevertheless, I agree that she was right in her attempt to convince the State Minister with the true position of the issue,” he said.

Responding to Daily Mirror, the minister said he made a request to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to set a performance target for Cabinet ministers in the similar manner that gave newly-appointed heads of State-owned ventures to display their skills and abilities.(Sandun A. Jayasekera)

 

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  • me Thursday, 13 February 2020 10:44 PM

    Sack this dumb minister now.

    Ram Friday, 14 February 2020 02:35 AM

    These morons cannot condemn the lady officer, so all praise. Inside they must be frothing wild for a Public Servant arguing with a Minister

    Ram Friday, 14 February 2020 02:38 AM

    Minister Sarath Nishantha has since said he will go on with the project. Minister Bandula, why not give him some good advice in public if you have a spine

    Dayawathie Friday, 14 February 2020 04:25 AM

    She should be protected from those thugs.

    Roshan Friday, 14 February 2020 06:07 AM

    Bandu machang, you have no choice because the majority of the public support this lady. As for SNR, he is determined to go ahead with his plans.

    Merlyn Benaragama Friday, 14 February 2020 06:48 AM

    Deavani may be right in pointing out the legal framework. But her tone was arrogant and cannot be accepted. She should have attended the meeting with her boss

    Sisil Sudesh Friday, 14 February 2020 06:48 AM

    Kiss the hand when you fail to cut it.

    Francis Friday, 14 February 2020 06:55 AM

    President must invite her to the secretariat and congratulate her for the stand she took to safeguard the laws and for her fearless bold stand resisting the pressure came from various quarters.An exemplary officer deserved to be recognised in public


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