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Shermila Rajapaksa, Director General (DG) of the National Zoological Gardens, today said that if the Minister or the Ministry Secretary of Wildlife and Forest Conservation cannot implement the recommendations of the committee report, they should resign or bring the National Zoological Gardens under the purview of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. 

In a statement to the media today, she said the Wildlife and Forest Conservation Minister and the Ministry Secretary should bear the full responsibility for the threats made by members and the leader of the union affiliated with the National Zoological Gardens in Dehiwala.

The interim report of the independent commission was received on March 13 and the final report of the Commission was received on March 16.

 However, no action was taken as yet by the Ministry Secretary to hand over a single copy of these reports to me, she said.

“In the discussion between the Minister and the Secretary, I revealed that they had no idea of executing the recommendations as laid down in the report,” she said.

 "The current situation in the zoological department is very critical. One veterinary doctor at the Ridiyagama Safari Park was assaulted recently, and he was hospitalised. Meanwhile, on the same day, one female staffer of the Dehiwala zoo was kept in a room as a hostage. No action taken against the unionists who were involved in these activities, "she charged.

While describing the situation she had to face at the department, she told the zoo management about an illegal organic fertiliser project that was manipulated by a union attached to the National Zoological Gardens in Dehiwala, claiming to be the "SLPP union".

Ms. Rajapaksa claimed that the Wild Life Ministry Secretary, Somaratne Widanapathirana was insulted and threatened, saying that cabinet ministers would be informed regarding her removal from the post and told her to be calm until the cabinet decision is made. 

"According to the interim committee report, the Ministry Secretary said that there was no issue with the recommendations which clearly mentioned taking action against the members of the union who were involved with the said illegal businesses and activies in the National Zoological Gardens," she said.

With further discussions with the Minister and Secretary, I figured out that they are trying to remove me from the post following a cabinet decision while protecting the culprits. As soon as the meeting with me, the Minister and the Secretary held a discussion with the said union leader and said they would be standing on the side of the union and would take action to remove me, she said.

"The previous Zoological Gardens' Director Generals were made to resign with the forceful activities of these union activities. They did the same thing to me, but I will never resign until a decision is taken by the President, because the President was the person who appointed me to this post, "Ms. Rajapaksa said.

She stressed that if we do not control these union activities, we have to close the zoo and release the animals to forests or send them to zoo in other countries. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

 

 


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  • Haiyo Thursday, 24 March 2022 02:25 PM

    The zoo is already under the President's purview... it is called the cabinet of ministers....

    Good son Thursday, 24 March 2022 03:09 PM

    The best

    nuwan Thursday, 24 March 2022 02:29 PM

    Yes best place for the zoo is under the president.

    john Thursday, 24 March 2022 03:20 PM

    why u want that also to be under ur uncle, he 96lks human not enough, now u want animals also

    Basil Thursday, 24 March 2022 03:22 PM

    I dont think he would be able to manage that.

    Premalal Perera Thursday, 24 March 2022 04:04 PM

    The best place for this President is the zoo.

    johan Thursday, 24 March 2022 04:33 PM

    No let him start a small way like a poultry farm. Because zoo is too big for him

    Niroshan Thursday, 24 March 2022 04:38 PM

    Yeah.. he has failed in looking after people of the country .. lets try with Animals...

    Shalin Thursday, 24 March 2022 04:57 PM

    Honestly shutting that hell hole is the best..

    Ralaharamy Thursday, 24 March 2022 05:01 PM

    Our president is not afraid of work and he has proven it. He handled the army and paved the road to walk, very efficiently to an extent that he mastered it.

    GET LOST GOTA Thursday, 24 March 2022 05:03 PM

    WHY DO YOU WANT TO SPOIL THE LIFE OF ANIMALS IN THE ZOO, THEY ARE MUCH BETTER OFF NOW, IF YOU BROUGHT IT UNDER GOTA, ALL THE ANIMALS WILL BE ON THE ROAD PROTESTING !!!, LEAVE THEM ALONE

    Basell Thursday, 24 March 2022 05:08 PM

    You are right, we have two zoos. One in Dehiwela and one in Diyawanna.

    Lorry talks Thursday, 24 March 2022 05:09 PM

    Who is this lady? She thinks the president can solve all the problem and who claims she was appointed by the president. Appointment of DGs are done by the cabinet. Not by the president. Also important thing is managing unions is also a part of her job. If she is skilled, any strategy without addressing the HR issue , not going to be successful. She should understand that this is not like running a FB page..

    Citizen Thursday, 24 March 2022 05:11 PM

    Please keep the President in the Zoo permanently

    Anthony. R Thursday, 24 March 2022 05:12 PM

    They all speak in forrign tongues, they may understand each other, Poor, innocent animals.

    Wahalliya Thursday, 24 March 2022 05:16 PM

    She thinks that the zoo is nandesans property..

    Dasa P Thursday, 24 March 2022 05:39 PM

    I pray for the poor animals in the Zoo.

    Y. Sebestianpillai Thursday, 24 March 2022 05:49 PM

    Put him in the zoo.m

    Tick tock Thursday, 24 March 2022 05:57 PM

    Please go home and stay there. GR can't manage a zoo. That is too much for him.

    joshua Thursday, 24 March 2022 06:00 PM

    Rajapaksha name is a menace

    Igntius Rasiah Thursday, 24 March 2022 06:01 PM

    A fit position for our president

    Donkey Thursday, 24 March 2022 06:07 PM

    LOL!!!! All the Buruwas and Kaputas can live happily ever after in it.

    ranjit Thursday, 24 March 2022 07:06 PM

    If the ministry is not capable sack them andput efficient people and not stoges as usual and not to keep all in the family

    Citizen Friday, 25 March 2022 10:02 PM

    Lady , he is already administering an open zoo of over 6.9 million, please don't add more issues,


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