Dec 21, 2017

Rathana Thera opposes lifting asbestos ban Featured

MP Athuraliye Rathana Thera says he fully opposes the government decision to lift the ban on asbestos sheets.

Speaking to the media in Colombo today (21), he said he would build a public opinion against the removal of the ban.

He said he would make a statement with regard to the bans on asbestos and tea.

The Thera noted that he was instrumental in getting the ban on asbestos imposed.

After arguing that asbestos caused cancer, president Maithripala Sirisena took a policy decision to ban asbestos sheets from January 2018 and completely stop their use by 2020.

However, the cabinet that met on December 19 to suspend the ban following the imposition of a ban by Russia on Sri Lanka tea imports.

That was after a khapra beetle was found from a tea consignment shipped from the island.

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