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Shermila Rajapaksa, Director General (DG) of the National Zoological Gardens is to step away from work for 14 days until a proper investigation is carried out into the unbecoming activities by the Dehiwala Zoo trade unionists.

A letter describing the current situation at the Zoo and the situation she has had to face, was sent to the President's Secretariat and Wildlife and Forest Conservation Ministry Secretary last Thursday (20).

While describing the situation she had to face at the department, she told the Daily Mirror that the Zoo management over an illegal organic fertiliser project which was done by a union attached to the National Zoological Gardens in Dehiwala, claiming to be the "SLPP union".

During the investigation, it was found that there was no written approval given to initiate such a project and to continue it within the Dehiwala Zoo premises.

However, the people who were involved in manipulating the project, recently staged a protest, claiming that they did not get the risk allowance of Rs. 5,000 which was a camouflage act to hide the truth of their illegal business and to prevent action being taken against them.

"After the audit report, the trade union activists' disciplinary pattern has deteriorated. Last Wednesday (19), they changed the padlocks on the reptile and bird cages. The wires to the water motor was switched to ignite.***?? Therefore, the workers who were on duty faced many difficulties. They even threatened the employees who did not support their trade union action. The union kept submitting false statistics on animal deaths at Dehiwala Zoo. They used to spread false allegations and defamatory statements about the institution, me, and veterinarians through the media and social media," Rajapaksa mentioned in her letter.

She further said that, on the basis of the above, she will not allow the life of any animal or employee to be harmed and she will not be intentionally blamed for the administration.

Therefore, she has decided to leave the service until a formal investigation is carried out into these sabotage activities and frauds and the current dangerous situation is resolved.

In her letter, she had made a kind request to conduct an inquiry within 14 days and to create a suitable environment to perform her duties again, or else she would be forced to resign from the post. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • ANTON Sunday, 23 January 2022 06:52 AM

    TRADE UNIONS OF HUMANS OR ANIMALS ?

    Sunil Sunday, 23 January 2022 07:05 AM

    First and foremost this displays the total lack of discipline of this SLPP trade union. Some of its leaders are out to make a fast buck like their political leaders. What all this epitomizes is the collapse of the administrative structure of the entire country. If this regime is allowed to stay, at least for the next three years the country will be in ruins.

    Anton Weerasinghe Sunday, 23 January 2022 07:37 AM

    SLPP goons are trying to sabotage the entire country because the Rajapaksha goons have given them the blessings to have a field day. another example is Hambantota Salterns where the goon mayor is controlling the Salterns.

    Ranjith De Silva Sunday, 23 January 2022 08:09 AM

    She is looking for some publicity to herself and wants her photograph to appear in newspapers

    Ismart Sunday, 23 January 2022 08:43 AM

    So, women are smarter and bold than men !!!

    Animal kingdom Sunday, 23 January 2022 09:43 AM

    Another Rajapakse! Who's who ?

    Terrence Sunday, 23 January 2022 09:47 AM

    Are you sent on compulsory leave for your poor management skills ?

    Ranjit, Tokyo Sunday, 23 January 2022 10:19 AM

    Then, QUIT !

    Dilshan Perera Sunday, 23 January 2022 11:38 AM

    SLPP union needs to be jailed

    TIZZY Sunday, 23 January 2022 01:18 PM

    Another Rajapaksa they are all over the place like plague. Have to be erradivated

    Uali Sunday, 23 January 2022 03:08 PM

    I live close to the zoo, most of those union activists are mafia fellows

    Jayantha kapuarachi Sunday, 23 January 2022 07:20 PM

    this women should go home

    Foxy's Wife Monday, 24 January 2022 02:22 PM

    The way to go, machan. Show these bastards that you being a woman, also wears pants and whats inside it better that a man.


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