President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the officials to complete the implementation of a proper waste management program in all provinces by December, in accordance with the Government’s policy of providing a permanent solution for the garbage disposal issue by next year.
He gave these instructions during a discussion on streamlining the waste management in all provinces, held at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday (15th Aug).
The President inquired from the officials about the current progress of the disposal of waste in the City of Colombo and suburbs and it was also discussed to streamline waste management in local government bodies under the environment conservation national program.
Discussions were also focused on the problems that have arisen due to the lack of garbage management in the shanty areas and regarding further promotion of public awareness campaigns on waste management.
During the discussion, attention was paid on the current progress after initiating new plans for waste management. They also discussed the progress of obtaining the required equipments and vehicles.
Attention was also paid on the implementation of cabinet recommendations to minimize the usage of polythene and plastic.
Special attention was paid on creating a long term program to clean the dirty canals in Colombo and suburbs.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Ministers Patali Champika Ranawaka, Gayantha Karunathilaka, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Sagala Ratnayake, Sarath Fonseka, Chief Minister of Western Province Isura Dewapriya, Secretary to the President Austin Fernando, Secretaries to the Ministries, Government Officials, IGP and the heads of security forces also joined the discussion.