Decisions to protect environment taken to ensure the right to live – President

Sunday, 9 June 2019

President Maithripala Sirisena says that he has taken many decisions, which any other politician doesn’t take, during the last four years to preserve the country’s forest resources. The President also said that all these decisions to protect the environment were taken to ensure the right to live of the human beings, but not to secure votes.

President Sirisena said that although many people sarcastically disapprove the decision taken by him as the Minister of Environment regarding issuing of new licenses to the carpentry workshops and wood mills, he also said that with the rapid forest-cover loss the human beings including the animals have to face a huge challenge of living within the next 15-20 years.

The President made these remarks addressing the closing ceremony of the Mullaitivu district “Stand together for the country” programme held at the Ground of the Mullaitivu Pradeshiya Sabha,yestwrday (08).President Sirisena further pointed out that it is learned fact that 95 per cent of the forests are being destroyed by the racketeers.
These smugglings are carried out covering to the licenses granted to the wood mills, and the President pointed out those Environmental scientists have shown that due to the excessive extraction of timber has caused huge damage to the environment as well as the water resources.