President orders halt to flora and fauna destruction
President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered the relevant officials to take
immediate measures to protect wildlife and halt timber rackets. The
President was addressing the Badulla District Special Development
Committee meeting yesterday at the Provincial Council auditorium.
The President was told by a Provincial Council member that the flora
and fauna of the Maduru - Oya sanctuary was under threat since a mega
scale timber smuggling racket and wildlife destruction is taking place
at the sanctuary.
The President then ordered the Police and wild life officials to form
a joint mechanism to protect wild life and the environment.
He stressed that such mechanisms should focus attention on protecting
the remaining wild elephants amounting to a mere 6,000.
The President further told the Police to trace suspects who have
killed and smuggled tusks of an elephant living in the Maduru Oya
The President said a new system will be implemented from next year to
end the teacher shortage in rural schools by implementing a proper
teacher transfer procedure.
Accordingly, teachers in National Schools can be transferred to any
provincial school and vice versa. “By carrying out such a system, the
teacher shortage affecting mostly the rural and underprivileged schools
can be sorted out, “he added. With a view to finding out solutions to
the teacher shortage , a school based teacher recruitment method was
introduced recently. Under this system, teachers are recruited only to a
school only when there is a vacancy. The particular teacher should
report only to the nominated school. If not, the salary of that
particular teacher will be stopped.
President Rajapaksa pointed out the importance of protecting
catchment area reservoirs since those areas are used for cultivation.
Therefore, he ordered officials not allow any cultivation to be carried
out on hilly lands over 5,000 feet above the sea level.
Many politicians and civilians highlighted that a serious environment
impact is reported due to pinus cultivation on hill tops.
The President asked Environment Authority officials to obtain a
scientific report from the Uva Wellissa University on the environment
impact caused by pinus cultivation.
Following the frequent incidents of forest fires, the President
ordered to track down the elements who ruin national resources.
Government officials were advised to inform the political authority
when utilizing public funds allocated by the Economic Development
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said funds have been
allocated for 567 development activities in the Badulla district for the
The President observed that it is far better to pay attention to the
quality and the completion of development activities rather than seeking
publicity from these development activities.