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Previous govt allowed import of clinical waste – UNP

Promising a speedy solution to the ongoing clinical waste controversy, the United National Party (UNP) said the crisis is yet another garbage-related issue dumped on the present Government by the previous administration.

UNP MP Harshana Rajakaruna told journalists this morning that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as Finance Minister had issued a gazette notification in 2013 allowing the import of clinical waste into the country.

“Apparently, no one is behind this now. No one is taking ownership of it. One company was accused of importing the waste, but they have issued a denial. This is another case of the previous government’s garbage piling on top of us, just like the dump in Kolonnawa,” he said.

However, said the MP, the Government will not try to “wash its hands” by laying the blame on the previous administration alone.

“We have been able to find solutions to the garbage issues in Kolonnawa and Colombo. Our job is to right their wrong. If laws need to be amended to bring the culprits to book, we are ready to do that,” he said.

As President of the Sectoral Oversight Committee (SOC) on Economic Development, said the MP, he has directed all parties responsible to appear before Parliament on Wednesday (24 July) at 2 pm for an inquiry on the matter.

Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ports Authority,  Sri Lanka Customs, Environment Ministry and the Central Environment Authority (CEA) will be summoned for this inquiry, he said.

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