President Maithripala Sirisena stressed that it is the responsibility of all the officers to fulfill their responsibilities and duties appropriately while taking part in the Government’s initiatives to protect the environment for the future generations.
He made these remarks addressing the 17th Annual Conference of the Regional Environment Officers Association of Central Environmental Authority at the Auditorium of the Association in Battaramulla, today (28).
During the event the President pointed out this is an era that we should pay our special attention on matters relating to the environment and also regarding those who ignore the importance of it. He further said that it is the responsibility of the officers to strictly enforce the laws with regard to persons who do illegal activities that cause destruction of the environment.
President Sirisena said the Police officers, Divisional Secretary and environmental officers in a certain area are responsible if something occurs causing damages to the environment. He further said that all the officers should commit themselves to fulfill their respective duties in a proper manner with a great commitment.
The President recalled that for the first time in the history of the country as the Minister of Environment he utilized the contribution of the armed forces to protect the environment.
Secretary to the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment , Udaya R . Seneviratne , Chairman of the Central Environmental Authority , Prof. Lal Mervin Dharmasiri , Director General Mr. K. H. Muthukudaarachchi and the members of the Regional Environmental Officers Association participated in the event.