President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday stressed that the Government’s policy decision taken on banning polythene and plastics will remain unchanged. The President stated the Central Environmental Authority has to shoulder the responsibility of preparing the necessary background to implement the policy decision effectively and without delay.
The President made these observations participating in a progress review meeting of the Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry held at the Ministry auditorium yesterday afternoon.
The issue of finding sand for constructions had also been discussed at the meeting, and it has been proposed that the public institutions should set an example by using sea sand for their constructions. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, Deputy Minister Anuradha Jayaratne, Ministry Secretary Anura Dissanayake and heads of all institutions coming under the purview of the Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry took part in the meeting.