Children of parents at elders’ homes do top jobs - survey
Most children of parents who are at elders’ homes do top jobs, a
survey has revealed, said Provincial Social Welfare, Probation and
Childcare and Women’s Affairs Minister Neranjan Wickremesinghe.
The Minister was addressing members of Adult societies at a meeting
at the Sir John Kotelawala Maha Vidyalaya, Kurunegala auditorium.
“There is a saying that the present is built by the past. Today we
have been able to live in the present society that was built by these
senior citizens taking much pains and shedding their sweat. We should
never forget their services,” said Wickremesinghe.
The Minister said most children had not realised the value of their
“The Buddha has preached that parents were the Buddha at home. But
there are thousands of Elders Homes in Sri Lanka where there are
thousands of helpless parents. These Elders’ Homes were limited only to
Western countries. This is a very sad state of affairs. The Government
spends a large sum every year for adults’ welfare,” Wickremasinghe said.
Children – Parent bond was very strong in the past. Today all of
these moral values have declined, he said.
“Those days our children were guided by their grandparents. They
related exemplary stories to our children.
“But today due to the existing competitive education system children
have lost such opportunities,” he added.
North Western Province Governor Tissa R. Balalla also spoke.