Nov 26, 2020

SLAF deployed to crackdown on deforestation

The Air Force is to be deployed to crackdown on deforestation, Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said yesterday (25).

He said, “The President has alerted Tri-Forces and Police to thwart such attempts and therefore it would be monitored using aerial assets of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF)”.

He was while addressing the District Secretaries/Government Agents at the Internal Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management State Ministry in Narahenpita.

He also requested District Secretaries/Government Agents to be vigilant and stand against the deterioration of the environment leading to depletion of forest resources.

The Defence Secretary, mentioning the recent upsurge in land grabbing incidents, stressed that a special unit has been set up to net the persons involved in the land grabbing.