Deputy Minister promises to make payments for Vigilant Committees.

Deputy Minister of Sustainable and Wildlife Mrs. Sumedha G. Jayasena says immediate measures would be taken to make a payment for various committees and Farmer Organizations appointed to look after the electric fences which built to prevent elephant from invading the villages.

Already around 3861 km extent of electric fences have been constructed and the extend of electric fences which are being constructed is 457 km. Deputy Minister made these comments at a meeting held at Monaragala District Secretariat recently.

Deputy Minister also expressed that more than 400 Civil Defense Force members are engaged in maintenance of the electric fences and new electric fences are being constructed in several areas of the Monaragala District as well.

In addition to the electric fences a program to grow elephant repellant plants such as Lime, Jute, Cactus (opuntia) etc. Deputy Minister instructed the wildlife officers to speed up the program.

Mr. R.M.D.B. Meegasmulla, Secretary of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, Mr. M.G.C. Suriyabandara, Director General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation, W.A. Dharmasiri, Monaragala District Secretary, officials from the Department of Wildlife Conservation and representatives of farmer and rural development societies were also attended to the meeting.