Sri Lanka Police to take steps to protect the environment
The Sri Lanka Police launched an islandwide environment protection campaign today (24) at the Independence Square, with the restructuring of the Police Environmental Protection Division.
Police spokesperson SSP Ruwan Gunasekara said this program was launched under the supervision of President Gotabhaya Rajapakse.
Community Police Committees are set to carry out awareness programmes pertaining to environmental protection across the island.
Legal provisions in this regard have also been discussed at length today.
Police spokesperson SSP Ruwan Gunasekara said officers attached to Environment Units continue to investigate acts which are harmful to the environment and coordinate with local authorities to take measures to prevent such harmful incidents.
He noted officers will also monitor purification activities carried out by relevant organizations.
Excellent step. The country is in meds at the moment thanks to yahapalana neglecnce. Their is rubbish every where and stinks
The people of Sri Lanka need to be made aware of the importance of a clean environment.
Kudos Prez! Knowing how you cleaned up Colombo city after the war, I have great confidence in the success of program as it is a critical need! There are many aspects to this problem, but just looking at our beaches one can see the sorry state the Yahapalanaya nincompoops have brought them into, totally disgusting with dirt and litter! Tourists are horrified at the nonchalant attitude of all, especially our so called authorities! There is department called Coastal Conservation Authority but all what it does is to take bribes for issuing permits for opening businesses and construction. For example, Just visit Mt. Lavinia beach and you can throw-up when you see the garbage (paper, polythene bags, plastic bottles, tin cans, etc.) on the shores and floating in the water! Truly sad to see what has become of our once beautiful island – entirely due to negligence, corruption and gross mismanagement over the past 5 years!
So, who is at fault?
The department for failing to clean up the rubbish?
Or is the people and companies that cause the pollution?
It appears those who cause the pollution have a free pass to do so.
And the taxpayer pays the workers to clean up the pollution.
Fault, at least for the ocean/beach pollution should squarely lie with the CCA as Dorine has rightly noted. The corrupt pen-pusher in that dept are known as some of the worst bribe takers and the rot goes all the way from the top to the bottom when approving permits. True, they have scant interest in going after polluters as the fines are puny (some fines have not been changed since independence era as typical with GoSL fines) and why bother with these puny fines (which they will pocket anway for sure, just like how traffic cops do) when there is much, much bigger money to be made from the permit approval activity? While the official charge for issuing a permit to build a seaside small structure, let’s say for a restaurant to cater to tourists, is supposedly less than Rs.10,000 I hear the unofficial asking price for that same permit can start at Rs.500,000 and if this payment is not made, they will ensure your application will not move. Sincerely hope Gota will clean up this mess soon!
Dear Simon, Your wonderful insight of operations in SINHALA BUDDHIST GOVERNMENTS is appreciated.
You even have a formula for the bribes, my dear Simon, maybe the formula was approved by the Yellow Robes in Hill Country.
This will continue my dear Simon, doesn’t matter who is in power Green, Blue or Maroon.
Here we go. Cleaning the country of rubbish. We can provide jobs for our university graduate who desperately complaining that there is no jobs available in this country.
Reply to David Boomdell/
Corruption is universal, and is not confined to Sinhala Buddhist governments as you imply.
Secondly, your comments about “yellow robes in the hill country” appear out of context with Simon’s rather insightful comments about coastal permits.
If you have issues with ” yellow robes”, is Sri Lanka the most suitable home for you? We are the only country with 2600 years’ history of “yellow robes” , and the majority of Sri Lankans are very proud of that fact!
Another reply to Mr. David Broomddel, Buddhist governments? Please note that in every SL governments there wwere Christians, Tamil Hindus & Muslims. Also remember people who governed SL came out of ‘Kalu-Sudha’ producing institutes such as Royal, St. Thomas, St. Josephs, etc. It seems that you are allergic to Yellow Robs (and Hill country in particular). As Mr/S, Kanishka correctly pointed out corruption is not only peculiar to SL.