Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera has instructed officials to conduct an investigation as to why state officers are unable to implement a Cabinet decision to reduce the use of asbestos roofing sheets.
A Cabinet paper calling for the reduction of asbestos roofing in buildings was approved three months ago.
It was also revealed that long term inhalation of microscopic asbestos fibres is a direct cause of lung cancer.
Furthermore, the local clay roofing industry has witnessed a decline due to the emergence of cheap asbestos-based roofing solutions.
Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said steps have been taken to ban the use of asbestos roofing before the end of 2021, starting with newly constructed schools and pre-schools, however he added he was suspicious as to why the decision is yet to be implemented.
Minister Amaraweera claimed government officials don’t have power to supersede a direct order from the Cabinet of Ministers.