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North-Central Buduputh Suraksha ceremony today

The North-Central ceremony of the Buduputh Suraksha programme implemented by the Buddha Sasana and Wayamba Development Ministry to provide health insurance for Bhikkus will be held today (17) at Anuradhapura Public Ground (Salgado Ground) at 2 pm. It will be held with the blessings of Venerable tri-fraternity Maha Nayaka theras and the chief guest will be Buddhist affairs and Wayamba Development Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera.

Buddhasasana Ministry Secretary A.P.G. Kithsiri referring to the programme, said the programme which was initiated at the Temple Trees was followed by the North-Western and Western province title claim awarding programmes. Secretary Kithsiri said under the North-Central Buduputh Suraksha programme, around 1,500 Buddhist Bhikkhus in the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa districts would be awarded health insurance title claims.

“So far, we have succeeded in providing this religious insurance cover for nearly 4,000 Buddhist monks and the North-Central programme is the fourth Buduputh Suraksha event. This insurance scheme covers hospital residential fees, operation expenses, knee and kidney transplant surgeries, brain and heart operations, drugs, laboratory tests, doctor fees and, hearing-aid and spectacle bills,” he said.

Commenting on the Buduputh Suraksha insurance scheme, Anuradhapura Ruwanweli Chethiyamaradhipathi Ven. Pallegama Hemarathana Nayaka Thera said that the concept was admirable provided that is being implemented genuinely irrespective of any discrimination.

“I believe that Bhikkus who undergo untold hardships in remote areas will benefit from this meritorious deed which gives a new life to Maha Sanga,” the Thera said.

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