Oct 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said safeguarding environment is vital for the survival of all creatures including humans and that is why he had not taken many high positions entrenched with money and power and selected the Ministry of Environment to ensure the right to life of all the creatures including the human beings.
The President made these remarks addressing the National Environmental Conference held at the Mannar Urban Council Ground, Friday (05).
President Sirisena, expressing his views further said that the damage caused to the environment is a threat to the survival of the human beings, and it is an essential task to protect the environment for the future survival of all creatures.
The President emphasized the importance of protecting the environment as a child, which ensure the right to life of the human beings and further said that no one will be allowed to destroy the environment.
The President said that all the public servants in a respective district will be liable for the environmental damage occur in that particular district and further requested to inform him if there is any political influence when enforcing the laws against environmental damage.
Today, Sri Lanka has adopted all the international conventions implemented to protect the environment, and important programs have been implemented to achieve the sustainable development goals.
The President said that this kind of environment conferences are being held covering all the districts to solve the environmental issues at the district level and further emphasized the need of fulfilling respective duties by everyone in this regard.
The National Environmental Conference commenced after every person taking the environment pledge and the President initiated the program to distribute saplings among the school children.
President Sirisena presented awards to the students who won the competitions held at the school level to mark the Environment Day.
The President also participated in the inaugural ceremony of the National Ruk Ropana Day 2018 proceeded at Thampanakulam, Madupara, Mannar today.
Ministers Mahinda Samarasinghe, Mahinda Amaraweera, Rishad Bathiudeen, State Minister Sriyani Wijewickrema, Weerakumara Dissanayake, Deputy Minister Angajan Ramanathan, Kadar Masthan, Member of Parliament, Charles Nirmalanathan, and ministers of the area, Secretary to the President Udaya. R. Seneviratne, Secretary of Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment Anura Dissanayake, District Secretary of Mannar and other State officials, and officers of the Security Forces were present in this event.