Sri Lankan government promises to stand by law-abiding officials

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Officials who abided by the law would be guaranteed protection, in response to controversy over Gampaha District Assistant Conservator of Forests, Devani Jayathilaka refusing to follow State Minister of Fisheries Sanath Nishantha’s instructions to release land for the construction of a playground in Negombo. 

Any public servant who acted according to the law, in discharging his or her duties would be protected, the government said yesterday.
Media and Higher Education Minister Bandula Ginawardena, responding to questions on the controversy over Gampaha District Assistant Conservator of Forests, Devani Jayathilaka refusing to follow State Minister of Fisheries Sanath Nishantha’s instructions and release land for the construction of a playground in Negombo, told the weekly Cabinet news conference at the Information Department, that officials who abided by the law would be guaranteed protection.
Minister of Wildlife S.M. Chandrasena said that land belonging to the Forest Department could not be released without the approval of Parliament.

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