President Rajapaksa has said that tree planting is a model to the entire world in moulding a nation which loves the environment and the country.
Inaugurating the Deyata Sevana National Tree Planting Campaign this morning, the President said that people are participating in a programme that injects life to the nation. Sri Lanka is ahead of all developed countries in environment protection. In the past too, the country had been environmentally friendly. He recalled that the people of his village worshipped the tree before it was felled or a fruit was plucked. If a tree was cut down another was planted. The message given by the nature is that it will give life if it is protected. The President said that in an era where the world is facing the challenges of Global warming, a programme of this nature is ideal to meet this challenge.
The Deyata Sevana programme commenced today marking the launch of week commemorating the second term inauguration of the President, who shouldered the task of bringing glory and freedom to the country. The event was held under the patronage of the President and the First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa at the President’s House. The programme targeted at planting 1.1 million saplings within 11 minutes commenced after the conduct of multi religious observances. The President planted a “Kiripalu” sapling launching the tree planting campaign at the auspicious time of 10.07 this morning amings the chanting of Seth Pirith by members of the Maha Sangha. The President also unveiled the plaque marking this historic occasion. Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapal also addressing the ceremony
Several Parliamentarians and senior Government officials were among those present,