You are saying that forests are being cleared for settlement in Mullaitheevu and Army is trying to acquire lands in Pooneryn. We cannot take action on heresies or third party reports about the land grabs. If complaints are given in writing, we could try to take some action. The President is all out to increase the forest coverage and nobody could be allowed to destroy Forests , said the Minister of Resettlement, D.M. Swaminathan.
He was answering questions of the media persons regarding valuable forest being destroyed illegally for illegal settlement by Muslim people and the complaints of the Army attempting to grab lands in Pooneryn.