The Sri Lankan military in the Northeast organised a campaign to clear up plastic. The campaign, organised by the Security Forces in Jaffna, saw soldiers throughout the peninsula collecting polythene, plastics and other waste materials in order to prevent environment pollution in Jaffna.
This one day eco-friendly programme organized to mark the International Environment Day, soldiers representing all Divisions, Brigades and Battalions under the Headquarters SF-J collected and destroyed plastic and polythene wastes and empty containers posing threat to the health and environment problems. A large number of civilians had also joined the Shramadana campaign conducted by the Army.
Earlier the Chief Minister of the Northern Provincial Council condemned the militarisation of the province in an interview to The Hindu, saying that the province was “overwhelmed by an occupying military force” and said there was “an urgent need” to prevent military’s on-going encroachment on civilian life.