Minister Kiriella works for village, religion alike - Thera | Daily News

Minister Kiriella works for village, religion alike - Thera

Leader of the House, Public Enterprise and Kandyan Heritage Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella at the opening of the library and Sanghavasa at Sri Nelumpathhinna Isipathanarama Temple yesterday.
Leader of the House, Public Enterprise and Kandyan Heritage Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella at the opening of the library and Sanghavasa at Sri Nelumpathhinna Isipathanarama Temple yesterday.

Leader of the House, Public Enterprise and Kandyan Heritage Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella participated in the function to mark the opening of the library and the Sanghavasa (abode of the Buddhist monks) at Sri Nelumpathhinna Isipathanarama Temple yesterday.

The buildings were built at a cost of Rs. 3.2 million under the Udarata Udanaya programme (Kadurata Udanaya) in collaboration with the Megapolis and Western Development Ministry.

On the same occasion, Maha Nayake of Ramanna Nikaya, Most Ven. Napane Premasiri Thera conferred the honorary title, ‘Saddharma Visharadha’ on Chief Incumbent of Isipathanarama Temple Ven. Marthuwala Kamalajeewa Thera.

Speaking at the event, Minister Kiriella said the Sinhala-Buddhist culture was protected in the Kandyan region, and the manner in which Kandyan kings acted was commendable. He said the present generation should protect and foster the Sinhala-Buddhist culture. He said the Kandyan kings set an example as rulers of the country at that time. Bambaragama Rajamaha Viharadhipathi Ven. Thalpotha Dhammajothi Thera, in his address, said the upcountry was given stepmotherly treatment and called most projects implemented in the area ‘cosmetic changes’ which did not yield any benefit for people.

However, the Thera said Minister Kiriella spent as much as Rs. 16 million at once and developed an access road to the Pirivena. He said the Minister developed access roads to 29 temples in addition to the implementation of 49 temple development projects. Ven. Thalpotha Dhammajothi Thera said 35 kilometres of the road was carpeted with asphalt in the Kundasale area.

“Only Minister Kiriella worked for village and religion alike,” he said.

He also stressed the need to have a leader from the upcountry appointed as the President in the next election.


 

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