Garbage disposal declared an essential service
[April 21 2017]
President Maithripala Sirisena instructed to issue an
extraordinary gazette notification to declare garbage disposal as an
essential service, with effect from midnight of April 20.
The gazette focuses on steps that are being 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
the clause 17 of the Public Security Ordinance.
Accordingly, it 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.
The Gazette stated that it is 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
offense to offer employment opportunities or accept such opportunities
to cause hindrances to those who are performing duties in relation to
garbage disposal. According to the Ordinance, anyone who is 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.