Sept 11, Colombo: The Presidential Commission appointed to prepare a report after examining the resettlement in the Wilpattu Forest Reserve commenced recording the statements from the residents in the area on Sunday.
The people gathered in the Musali Divisional Secretariat in Mannar gave information to the Commission. The four-member Commission is chaired by SBBA Boralessa.
Wanni District MP, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen also met the commission members yesterday and presented information on the problems faced by the people in Wilpattu.
During the past several environmental organizations had criticized the government for clearing the land surrounding the Forest Reserve and resettling the internally displaced people.
The report is to be handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena in the near future.