JVP writes to President raising concerns on Forests under Forest Conservation Department being handed over to Divisional Secretaries
Against the Cabinet decision on handing over a number of forests belonged to the Forest Conservation Department to the Divisional Secretaries, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has written to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa raising hands with the emphasis of objection, thereby pointing out the controversy behind such action amidst the awakening of a general election.
Such prompt action being implemented in the presence of a dissolved Parliament is highly suspicious, JVP National Organizer and former Parliamentarian Bimal Rathnayake stressed in the letter, adding that a reasonable decision affecting these forests should have been taken backed by discussion on an off the Chambers after a new Parliament is convened.
The natural resources and the wildlife embedded to these forests under the Forest Conservation Deparment could be endangered by handing them over to district secretaries and divisional secretaries, paving the way for political powers to own lands in the area by force, the letter pointed out mulling over the risks and citing the opinions of senior environmentalists.
Through the emphasis of the most harmful consequences that may occur to the natural heritage of Sri Lanka, the main leftist party urged the President to immediately revoke the decision in a move to minimise the damage, by appointing a specialists committee on the subject with a proper study implemented before the fate of these natural resources is determined.