PM lauds Sajith’s service to Buddha Sasana and SL | Daily News

PM lauds Sajith’s service to Buddha Sasana and SL

An honorary title bestowed by a religious centre is more prestigious and valuable than one conferred by the state. The bestowal of an honorary title by the Malwatte Chapter on Minister Sajith Premadasa in appreciation of the national and religious service rendered by him is a very important occasion, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

The government on its part gives priority to Buddhist activities and bestowal of this honorary title on a member of the government is a matter of great pride, he said.

The Prime Minister was speaking at a ceremony at the Mangala Uposithagaraya of the Malwatte Maha Viharaya in Kandy to mark the conferment of Sasana Deepana Abhimani Sri Lanka Janaranjana on Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa, on Sunday.

The Prime Minister said the Malwatte Maha Viharaya had decided to confer this honorary title on Minister Sajith Premadasa in recognition of his unblemished character and the service rendered to the people. He said Sajith Premadasa was rendering a colossal service to the people, following in the footsteps of his late father.

The Prime Minister recalled that it was President Ranasinghe Premadasa who built and donated a ran viyana to the Sri Dalada Maligawa, rehabilitated and restored the Maligawila Buddha statue and was instrumental in reviving the Navam Maha Perahera, as part of his services towards the Buddha Sasana. Minister Premadasa was following in the footsteps of his father and making a dedicated effort to solving the housing problems of the people.

By offering strength to the homeless, he had taken steps to shed light on their lives. He had also launched the Sasunata Aruna programme to uplift places of Buddhist worship and paid great attention towards the uplift of daham pasal education, the Premier said.

Although he had all the opportunities to enter politics from the Colombo district, he decided to start politics from the remote and underprivileged Hambantota district because of his concern the poor and downtrodden.

The Prime Minister said he highly valued this example given by Sajith Premadasa.

The conferring of this honorary title from a blessed location where the Upasampada tradition was re-established was also a significant feature, the Premier said.

He said the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters strived to carry forward the Mahavihara tradition and the government was always striving to ensure the progress and welfare of the Sasana. 


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