Govt now blaming the public –JVP

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By 2017-04-21

By Niranjala Ariyawansha

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday charged that the government, instead of trying to implement a garbage recycling programme, was now engaging in blaming the public for the Meethotamulla tragedy.

They also charged that the government claimed that the various protests, taking place countrywide, against attempts to dump garbage in their areas, were politically motivated.

"The government is now claiming that when there was a risk to their lives, the people did not evacuate the area. These are lands which had belonged to these people from generations back. The government, having dumped garbage, is now planning to remove these people from their lands. What the government should have done was to have selected an isolated area before going ahead with a garbage recycling programme. The people will never oppose such moves," JVP Gampaha District MP Vijitha Herath told reporters during a press briefing yesterday.

He charged that both the Kolonnawa Urban Council and the Colombo Municipal Council did not venture into a garbage recycling programme due to being thwarted by a few politicians who were making a killing through the rubbish.

"Our Chief Ministers and Cabinet Ministers tend to go abroad and study ways and means of recycling garbage. But, they never implement these methods here. The reason for that is the garbage mafia. It is the politicians who take over the contracts for removal of garbage. Hence, the government is also a part of the very system that sustains this mafia," Herath said.

He added that instead of finding a lasting solution to the issue, both, WPC Chief Minister Isura Devapriya and Minister of Western Development and Megapolis Patali Ranawaka were currently engaged in a blame game against each other.

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