‘Pindapatha’ stopped, money to be used for welfare work

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The joint opposition sponsored ‘Pindapatha’ programme was suspended after former presidential secretary Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita the former director general of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) had refused to accept money collected in this manner, Ven. Medagoda Abhyatissa Thera said today.

Several monks went on ‘Pindapata’ in Colombo and Kiribathgoda for the purpose of collecting money to pay the fines imposed on the two convicts found guilty of misappropriating Rs.600 million belonging to the TRC and using it to distribute ‘'sil redi' in support of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Thera said Mr. Weeratunga and Mr. Palpita had requested that the monies collected so far be used for some welfare work.

“So we decided to use whatever was collected to build a house for a war hero who will be selected during the next few weeks. We will not waste even a cent because the monies were offered by our devotees,” he said.

When asked about the exact amount collected during the two days, JO MPs Sisira Jayakody, Bandula Gunawardane and Gamini Lokuge said the Thera was handling the monies as the Treasurer and that only he knew about the amount collected.

Meanwhile, the Thera said the monies collected was yet to be counted.

Earlier, the JO claimed that close to Rs.1 million had been collected during the ‘Pindapata’ held in Colombo with the participation of more than 300 Buddhist monks.(Piyumi Fonseka)

  Comments - 25

  • Duminda Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:16 AM

    This is not Pindapathaya

    Dalu Banda Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:18 AM

    Thanks to SF. The strategy succeed without harming any party.

    Sambo Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:19 AM

    Yes! you all can have a ball with it.

    Ravi Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:36 AM

    Hamudurawane shall we go to Bangkok for a good massage with Gamni Lokugae.

    lankaman Wednesday, 27 September 2017 09:07 AM

    Welfare work like buying luxury jeeps for yellow robed thieves?

    Asela De mel Wednesday, 27 September 2017 09:17 AM

    this country will never never prosper as long as these type of stone age yellow rob people are wiped out completely

    samson moses Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:33 AM

    Asela De Mel your absolutely right, there are become a curse for SL.

    Sri Lankan Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:44 AM

    Why is the Auditor General silent without carrying out an audit as this priest is known to be corrupt. The Govt. should step in as the money was donated by the public for a particular purpose.

    Christine Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:47 AM

    The best way to utilize this money will be to build a rehabilitation centre for the young Buddhist monks who has headless behaviour and walking away from the great preaching of Lord Budda.The Compassion is the one this great preaching is based on. These young wild yellow robed animals like human beings are distroying Buddhist values . Mahanayake thera this is for your attention. Have some control over them to do your best to save Buddhism in Srilanka.

    Dee Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:52 AM

    Glad to have put a cavendish banana Into the pathra at fort. No sin on me, I do my duties every day before leaving home. No need for blessing of rogue priests.

    Perumal Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:09 AM

    Use the funds for distributing more Sil Redi at the next PC Elections. Ven Abhayatissa can use his ample monthly salary too for the purpose.

    citizen Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:11 AM

    not even 1% collected, people seems to know what is real "Pindapatha"

    Buddhist Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:17 AM

    Even before refusal of collections by the two persons the educated well knowledged venerated buddhist monks should not have started this wrong action. Monks are not expected to handle money and not go begging for money. Please preach and educate them.

    ceylon Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:24 AM

    shame on these corrupt fake monks.some people gave some tea moneyfor the declared purposenot to build home.these beggers shy to to say the small amount gave. via DM Android App

    ReaderD Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:29 AM

    When Bhikkus want some social/ welfare work done or even repairs to temple normal accepted practice is to tell laymen dayakas to attend to. But Bhikkus never went round collecting money especially with the paattaraya. Well worsed buddhist monk should not have started this and disgraced the Shasanaya.

    Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:44 AM

    How this monk can count money and how the other monks begged the money as it is not allowed by Lord Buddhas rule for monks to touch money?

    jayasingha Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:46 AM

    The monks must count the money collected in the open for the public to see and be transparent as to the amount as well as the way the money is used. Lets not spoil the hallowed image of the Buddhist monks due to a misplaced emotional act of some. We lay people must be understanding. As straightforward govt servants Lalith and Anusha would not have accepted the money anyway.

    Sofia Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:07 PM

    Both are corrupt. They did a corrupt act and sent to prison and there also corrupt act to get into hospital by abusing privileges.

    ananda Wednesday, 27 September 2017 03:26 PM

    All the moneys contributed was by the JO rogues who robbed millions during the regime. via DM Android App

    TONY Wednesday, 27 September 2017 05:18 PM

    ACCORDING TO MEDIA THEY COLLECTED SOME 1.5 MILLION ON DAY 1. BUILDING A HOUSE TO A WAR HERO IS NOT A RELATED MATTER. . WHY NOT USE THIS MONEY TO DISTRIBUTE ANOTHER SET OF SIL REDHI

    Aku Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:06 PM

    Maybe you should build a massage palour for all the venereal monks before that money goes into private accounts...

    DillonDP Wednesday, 27 September 2017 06:04 PM

    ha ha ha ha.... okay,,, may be you come to media and tell you dont know how much has been thus collected so fart

    Nash Wednesday, 27 September 2017 06:16 PM

    Yuk Foo, too all those who became a part of this 'nobell' act. This is a country, that stagnates or runs backwards mainly due to stoneage thinking and selfish attitude. Blessed that say to be born here, but now it has become the living hell of all countries in the world.

    Don Juan Wednesday, 27 September 2017 07:59 PM

    This is an income and that should be taxed according to the tax regulation,

    amazing Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:19 PM

    How come these priests don't seem to have an inkling of what Lord Buddha taught?


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