President, PM to hold discussions soon with JVPPublished : 8:18 am April 21, 2017 | No comments so far | | (28) reads |
By Sujith Hewa Julige
A discussion involving the President, Prime Minister and the JVP was to take place shortly, the JVP said yesterday.
The gazette focuses on steps that should be taken when disposing, collecting, transporting, storing, preparing, segregating garbage and disposing garbage collected from households as well as that which is collected from the road and related services.
The gazette, which made these duties essential services, has been issued in line with clause 17 of the Public Security Ordinance.
Accordingly, it has now become an offence to threaten, obstruct or delay anyone who is engaged in or block any property on which these persons are engaged in the aforementioned duties by force or in a defamatory manner, verbally or in writing, or by any other means. “It’s also illegal to encourage, influence people in any manner or to provoke them resulting in obstruction being caused to those performing such duties or to influence these employees to relinquish their duties. It’s also an offence to offer employment opportunities or accept such opportunities to cause hindrances to those who are performing duties in relation to garbage disposal,” the gazette said.
According to the Ordinance, anyone who is found guilty of such offences mentioned or if there is reason to believe that someone was responsible for such a crime, they could be arrested by a police officer, at any moment, even without an arrest warrant.
“Anyone thus arrested could be sentenced to rigorous imprisonment by a Magistrate following a trial,” according to the gazette.