November 21, 2020
HE the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa inaugurating the 'Husma Dena Thuru' (Trees that give breath) national project planted Sandalwood saplings around the Army-constructed walking track at Sri Jayewardenepura, yesterday (Nov 20).
The Central Environment Authority (CEA), Ministry of Environment and the Army jointly launched this new afforestation national project aiming to plant 2 million saplings across the country and increase the forest-cover by 30 percent as set out in the President's 'Sawubhagye Dekma' policy statement.
During the occasion, the President symbolically gave away saplings to a representative group of school students to convert their school premises to a green environment.
Hon Minister of Environment, Mahinda Amaraweera, Secretary to the Ministry of Environment, Dr Anil Jasinghe, Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Army Commander, CEA Chairman, Mr Siripala Amarasinghe, CEA Director General, Mr. Hemantha Jayasinghe, Senior Military officers, students, teachers and invitees attended the occasion while strictly adhering to health guidelines.
The Sri Lanka Army inaugurated the national drive of afforestation and beautification of the country under environment-friendly Green Project with CEA around Army HQ area at Sri Jayewardenepura last December.
All Army establishments across the country are actively committed to continue this project at respective levels.