President accuses Social Media users of spreading misinformation
ECONOMYNEXT- President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is urging Sri Lankans not to take to environmental activism as the latest trending fashion but fulfil their responsibilities towards the environment which will make it easy to protect it.
The President specifically addressed Social Media users accusing them of spreading false information at the launch of the ‘Surakimu Ganga Project’ at Kataragama today, Monday, March 22.
The President said people in the country are aware of how he protected the environment when he was the secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development. “It was one contributing factor for me to be elected as President,” he added
“When we look at social media it is understood as if I am the main and only one who is harming the environment, I am the one who cut down trees, my factories are the ones which release waste to rivers, I am the one who is filling the low lands, I am the one who is doing all this and everyone else is protecting the environment,” President Rajapaksa said.
Further, he said that the government has to spend a huge amount of money to implement special programs to protect the environment because of the wrongdoings of people
He also added that people living in Colombo who are criticizing the government will remember how the garbage mountains were piled up in Colombo when President Mahinda Rajapaksa came to power.
“Some said they couldn’t be removed but we gave a solution to the garbage problem in Colombo and converted the city to an environment friendly and people-friendly city with clean air within 4 years after the war,” he said.
He added that Colombo was mentioned as a beautiful and clean city among the cities in Asia by foreign newspapers.
“When people were talking about their lands and when dairy farmers say that they don’t have grasslands to feed their cows, as the leader of the country I should give a solution to it, that’s why I said if the lands which were cultivated by our farmers over the generations were taken away from them by some mistake to look into them and see if we can give them back,” he said.(Colombo/Mar22/2021)