‘Husma Dena Thuru - Nekathata Pelayak’ inaugurates at Ceylon Newspapers
By Thameenah Razeek
The Secretary to the Ministry of Environment presented saplings to Ceylon Newspapers (PVT) Ltd. yesterday (12) at the Ceylon Newspapers premises symbolising the national tree planting programme for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Husma Dena Thuru - Nekathata Pelayak. This is in keeping with a concept of the Ministry of Environment.
Secretary Dr. Anil Jasinghe inaugurated the programme by presenting a guava sapling to the Editor of Ceylon Today, Jayantha Sri Nissanka. The Secretary also presented a sapling to Sisira Paranathanthri, Director Editorial of Mawbima Newspaper. Staff members were also present .
Dr. Jasinghe said he expected the support of all Sri Lankans to make the Nekathata Pelayak occasion a success on 16 April.
“On the occasion of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, we plan to launch another tree planting programme on 16 April titled Nekathata Pelayak. The auspicious time to plant saplings on 16 April will be at 6.40 a.m. This time around this auspicious time has also been included in the Nekath Seettuwa,” he said.
He said this was the first time that such a time was included in the Nekath Seettuwa. Dr. Jasinghe said there were about 5.3 million home gardens in the country and hoped a sapling will be planted in at least three million home gardens.
“Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic the conflict between the environment and the economy has gone so far that people do not know what exactly to do. Poverty levels have increased. In a situation such as this, people are looking for bare land to cultivate, but were not aware how to handle the situation in an economic and environmentally-friendly manner. We should try to make our citizens aware of sustainable development without creating any environmental harm,” he said.