State has not paid medical bill of Kirivehera Chief Incumbent

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The government is yet to settle the hospital bill of Chief Incumbent of the Kataragama Kirivehera Temple Ven. Kobawaka Damminda Thera who was shot by an underworld gang, temple sources said.

The thera is still receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo where his hospital bill has exceeded Rs.3 million, they said.

On the day following the shooting incident President Maithripala Sirisena was quoted by many media outlets as saying the medical expenses of the thera who was airlifted from Hambantota to Colombo in a helicopter, would be borne by the State.

When inquiries on this were made from Buddhasasana Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, he clarified that while they needed to get Cabinet approval for these medical expenses to be paid by the government, he would bring the matter to the attention of the President.(A special correspondent)

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  • Siyabala Monday, 09 July 2018 08:59 AM

    Thus article 9 of the constitution becomes a sinecure.

    Neville Monday, 09 July 2018 09:09 AM

    Why would government has to pay his medical bills, why cannot he get the best treatments in government hospitals when the health minister says government health care system is getting better. If President wants he can pay from his own money not form peoples money!

    Vernon Monday, 09 July 2018 02:07 PM

    Absolutely correct. If govt hospitals are not good enough, use the millions foolishly put in by thinking one can bribe god by money.

    Unchikun Monday, 09 July 2018 09:21 AM

    They fight for money and we the tax payer has to foot the bill. Move him to a government hospital.

    SPECIAL "TREATMENT" - why ? Monday, 09 July 2018 09:40 AM

    Why special "treatment" for oinly a section of the clergy. cannot the religious group towhich he belongs cough up the amount - shame on you all.

    Deen Nohamed Monday, 09 July 2018 10:06 AM

    If he is from our village or town, we will ensure that we collect money from donors in that area and we will take care of this matter.

    asela Monday, 09 July 2018 10:24 AM

    Neville why the hell you did not raise the same question when Rajitha senaratne was fully sponsored by the government for treatment in Singapore? were you not aware of that?

    Sad Sack Monday, 09 July 2018 10:39 AM

    Why should the state pay..??? The 'State' is in a 'Bad State'

    Sanath Monday, 09 July 2018 11:12 AM

    Why use tax payers money to foot the bill? This is a bad practice. Does this mean that Govt hospitals are not upto the standered to treat patients? Even the politicos rush abroad to get treatment, while they boast that Sri Lanka's health standards are high!

    Lion Monday, 09 July 2018 11:14 AM

    Kiriwehera monk has more money to pay his bills.

    Unchikun Monday, 09 July 2018 11:30 AM

    Agree. These are businessmen. The same from the hills. I follow the Buddhist Philosophy better than most of these guys in yellow fancy dress.

    Cobra Monday, 09 July 2018 12:08 PM

    Just make a request to the Chief incumbent of the Kalutara Bodhi!!!

    Cobra Monday, 09 July 2018 12:10 PM

    Aneda kiyanne!

    Surasira Monday, 09 July 2018 11:21 AM

    Now i know we have to pay Not only politico's Hospital fees Clergies also.Funny thing is these guys are Swimming on money.

    rp Monday, 09 July 2018 11:48 AM

    Do you credit all temple earnings to the state? But you expect state to pay your medical expenses?

    Cobra Monday, 09 July 2018 12:09 PM

    Attaboy RP!!!

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 09 July 2018 11:54 AM

    A monk should always tread on a simple life path. Getting transferred via helicopter instead of ambulance and admitting to a private hospital instead of Govt. Hospital speaks volumes of this monks way of life and the state of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

    Karu Monday, 09 July 2018 01:17 PM

    The state paid for Sobitha s medical expenses and Rajitha Senaratne in Singapore. So why not this priest’s.?

    Lion Monday, 09 July 2018 01:48 PM

    Ven Sobitha thero is an exception but Rajitha?

    Ruwan Monday, 09 July 2018 01:32 PM

    Who asked him to go to a private hospital.?

    peter Monday, 09 July 2018 01:45 PM

    is this what we pay taxes for???

    sam Monday, 09 July 2018 03:23 PM

    Why we pay for personal deputes? Ask the shooter to make the payment. Now we do have to maintain both. Do we pay taxes for this?

    Ceylon Monday, 09 July 2018 03:45 PM

    Why state pay for private luxury hospital medical bills????.state paying criminals medical billls during mahinda regime even for foriegn private hospitals.

    Brainmaster Monday, 09 July 2018 10:45 PM

    I think the shooter should pay the bills. via DM Android App

    Jesus Tuesday, 10 July 2018 09:15 AM

    3million please utilize it for the countries poor people and let this monk go and have his so called niravana,We in sri lanka have plenty of this pathetic ball headed morons .loosing one doesn't matter .


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