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President Maithripala Sirisena today warned that strict action will be taken against relevant government officials in the areas if any unauthorized buildings or environmental pollution take place damaging canals and rivers in any area, “The government is committed to protect public servants who fulfil their responsibilities properly.

Similarly, the government will not hesitate to take action against officials who don’t execute their duties”, the Presidential Secretariat said quoting the President.

President Sirisena was speaking at the ceremony to declare the National Environment Week, implemented parallel to World Environment Day which falls on June 5. The ceremony was held today at the Sevamuktha Kandavura Maha Vidyalaya, Polonnaruwa.

The period from May 30 to June 5 will be the National Environment Week. A large number of environment programmes has been organized island wide during this week.
“We should curse not the rain but those who destroy the environment for the terrible calamities we faced due to floods and earth slips, caused by adverse weather conditions”, the President said.

He recalled that the people who lived in unauthorized houses in the Kelani River Reservation and in the buildings on water ways, had to suffer from the flood for number of days. “The politicians and the government officials are the people who should be responsible for that”, the President further stated.

The President said that our country had a rich history in protecting natural resources and the quality of biodiversity, but during the past few decades as a result of arbitrary actions by some politicians paved the way for environmental destruction.

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  • Aruna Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:44 AM

    Sir, please pay often visits to Gov Offices with your sting ray tail to find offenders and punish them.

    Asela Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:59 AM

    Await my comment

    Perumal Tuesday, 31 May 2016 02:05 PM

    Sir, FCID was prevented from arresting some suspects reportedly until your return after the G7 summit. Any comments?

    Muhammed Tuesday, 31 May 2016 02:17 PM

    Mr President I can recall my school life, my class teacher always talk about strict punishment and never does it, I see you the same way. you talk strict but do soft.

    Manji Tuesday, 31 May 2016 04:41 AM

    This guys it just all talk!! What has he done so far? Did he stick to even one of his pre-election promises?

    Jaya Tuesday, 31 May 2016 05:30 PM

    Can son NGO take an initiative and ask Government official becoming victim due to correct decision to make a representation to pres. on behalf of him. So president just can not forget what he uttered.Anyway without organised act any victim will not go and appeal to president reminding what he said


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