Auditor General to investigate wildlife dept programmes

The Auditor General has begun a special investigation into the Wildlife Department’s programmes to conserve wild elephants and other wild animals.

Auditor General, Gamini Wijesinghe stated that the resulting report will be submitted to parliament within three weeks.

According to the Auditor General, the investigations will look into where the large amount of funds, set aside for the Wildlife department, have been used,and whether the authority used the funds correctly.

He further stated that the conservation of elephants is a priority and a responsibility of the department, but due to certain incidents in the recent past, the public have begun to have serious doubts.

The killing of multiple tuskers, and the loss of a number of wild elephants due to human activities are seen as the main factors for taking the decision to conduct the investigation.

The Wildlife Department currently has a fund in excess of Rs 4 billion.

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