Spe­cial train­ing to be pro­vided to mem­bers of lo­cal bodies

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - METRO - TEXT & PICS BY REKA THARANGANI

The Di­rec­tor of the Western Province Waste Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity Nalin Man­nap­pe­ruma has said that op­por­tu­ni­ties would be made avail­able for the mem­bers of lo­cal bodies to gain a spe­cial train­ing on garbage man­age­ment, at a pro­posed on-site res­i­den­tial pro­gramme at the Karadiyana garbage dump.

This is based on an idea of the Chief Min­is­ter Isura De­vap­riya, link­ing with the con­struc­tion of Mi­his­aru Field Re­search and Train­ing Cen­tre at a cost of Rs 340 mil­lion in the Karadiyana garbage dump area near­ing com­ple­tion. The Di­rec­tor also said that the train­ing of coun­cil mem­bers is to be­gin forth­with.

He also said that lo­cal and for­eign Univer­sity stu­dents and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, who are keenly in­ter­ested in Garbage man­age­ment, could ob­tain train­ing at this site while be­ing en­gaged in re­search work. With the rapid in­crease in the pop­u­la­tion daily in the Western Province, the of­fi­cers and the pub­lic should be ed­u­cated about eco-friendly garbage gen­er­a­tion with­out it be­ing a chal­lenge.

He stated fur­ther that there are about 500 of­fi­cers in the Western Province of­fice who had un­der­gone this train­ing, but these num­bers are not ad­e­quate. Train­ing should also be given to Pub­lic Health In­spec­tors and other work­ers. Com­ment­ing on the lack of in­ter­est shown by Sri Lankans over this mat­ter, Man­nap­pe­ruma said that stud­ies on the daily changes tak­ing place in a garbage dump, the dif­fer­ent types of gas that is been em­anated, the devel­op­ment of chem­i­cals etc. are sub­jects of study in coun­tries like Ja­pan, China, Malaysia, and Bel­gium, where spe­cial re­search cen­tres are es­tab­lished for this pur­pose, whereas in our coun­try it is lim­ited to the Univer­sity Lab. There­fore it is of paramount im­por­tance that a res­i­den­tial pro­gramme of this na­ture should in­volve ev­ery coun­cil mem­ber so as to en­able them to grasp a first­hand knowl­edge of garbage man­age­ment with a view to ed­u­cat­ing them and in the end a more ef­fi­cient and pro­duc­tive ser­vice could be ob­tained from them. Ear­lier there had been oc­ca­sions when of­fi­cers of cer­tain cat­e­gories were se­lected by the Western Pro­vin­cial Coun­cil for train­ing abroad, and there were no av­enues to pro­vide this knowl­edge to the labourer who at­tends to the clear­ing of garbage, and with this Field Re­search Project in op­er­a­tion, groups of trained per­son­nel could even be de­ployed for clear­ing of garbage.

Nalin Man­nap­pe­ruma

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