Issuing a statement yesterday (28), the PMD claimed that false reports are being published alleging that forest reserves are being set on fire and that deforestation is taking place.
It added that these media reports are indicating that such a level of deforestation has never taken place before and that the government is remaining silent in the face of these illegal acts.
The PMD said that it was observed that such reports, propagated via social media as well as print and electronic media, are fabricated and contain false information.
However, the 'Mawbima' newspaper reports the minister of Wildlife, C.B. Ratnayake as to saying that a special operational unit would be set up to look into the destruction of forests and wildlife.
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