Zoo DG wants action against TUs, to resign otherwise | Daily News

Zoo DG wants action against TUs, to resign otherwise

National Zoological Gardens Department Director-General Shermila Rajapakshe has temporarily withdrawn from duties, calling for a proper investigation into the employees at the Dehiwala Zoo. She alleged that employees who launched a trade union action had engaged in sabotaging activities that threatened the lives of the animals at the premises.

She mentioned this in a letter directed to the Secretaries to the President, the Wildlife and Forest Conservation Ministry and the Wildlife Conservation Protection Programmes Re-Forestation and Wildlife Resources Development State Ministry.

Calling for an investigation to be conducted within 14 days and to make the environment conducive for her to resume duties, Rajapakshe said she would resign from her position otherwise. Rajapakshe deplored the trade union action launched by a group of employees at the Dehiwala Zoo, which she called “arbitrary and destructive.”

Rajapakshe vowed that she would not let these employees put the lives of the zoo animals in danger. 

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