‘The national flower is Water Lily’

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The Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) has instructed the Ministry of Environment to make the public aware of the national flower of Sri Lanka as the ‘Water Lily’ through the National Institute of Education, the University Grants Commission and other relevant agencies as well as through newspaper advertisements.

The Committee observed that although schools, government and non-government organisations have been made aware of this during awareness programmes conducted by the Ministry of Environment, it has not disseminated adequately.

“Therefore, as per the Cabinet decision taken in June 2015, the Ministry has failed to provide adequate publicity to inform the institutions under the Ministry and other government agencies that the national flower is the ‘Water Lily’ and the committee observes that the national flower of Sri Lanka is still identified as the ‘Blue Water Lily’ on many occasions,” the Committee report observed.

These matters were contained in the first report of the Second Session of the Ninth Parliament of the COPA Committee, which was tabled in Parliament on Friday (20) by COPA Chairman, M.P. (Prof.) Tissa Vitarana.

This report contains information on the investigations of seven government institutions summoned by COPA and one Special Audit Report, from 4 August 2021 to 19 November 2021.