New laws to protect Buddhist religious sites: Wijeyadasa

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Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said the government was considering amending the existing laws in order to protect the Buddhist religious sites as well as the places with archaeological value.

Attending the occasion to resume the conservation works of the Rangiri Dambulu Rajamaha Viharaya which had been stalled for some time, the Minister said that the new laws would provide for penalizing of those who vandalize such religious and archaeological sites.

He stated that he visited Ipalogama area to see for himself the archaeological site which had been vandalized, after media exposed the destruction. He said that a grave damage had been done to the site and action would be taken against those involved in such crimes irrespective of their status. "It is incumbent for all citizens to protect these places and the President has instructed me to take action to protect them" he stated.

The conservation works of the Rangiri Dambulu Rajamaha Viharaya was resumed on the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena.

The Minister inspected the conservation works of the frescoes in the Rajamaha Viharaya premises along with the chief incumbent of the Rajamaha Viharaya Ven. Dr. Godagama Mangala Thera, Ven. Ambagaswewe Rahula Thera and the Director of the Central Cultural Fund. (Kanchana Kumara Ariyadasa)

  Comments - 14

  • Casanova Sunday, 20 May 2018 09:46 PM

    This dude should be given the ministry of garbagel and sewerage collection.

    Rambo Monday, 21 May 2018 06:22 AM

    Casanova - You are most suited to Afganistan, not Sri Lanka.

    neil alvis Monday, 21 May 2018 06:11 AM

    these idiots is obsessed with new laws and constitutions! (their masters in England don't have a written constitution! )and fail to solve basic problems of esp. poor, which is quite apparent. all 225 of these fools should be put on a ship and sailed to oblivion!

    Arnold Monday, 21 May 2018 06:13 AM

    That means every squire inch of Lanka should be preserved as archaeological sites, given the fact that Buddhists have been living, working, eating, sleeping and dying for more than two thousand years.

    Wasana Perera Monday, 21 May 2018 03:19 PM

    PL read Sri Lankan history.

    ET Monday, 21 May 2018 06:51 AM

    The law should be to protect all religeous sites, not only one religion.

    K.M.T. Seenaratne (Lawyer) Tuesday, 22 May 2018 09:15 AM

    Exactly ET, you are correct. This fellow is a racialist, totally a wrong decision taken by Prez. to offer him a portfolio.

    Ganesh Monday, 21 May 2018 06:56 AM

    This idiosyncratic does not have proper innovative thinking about the higher education and the relalated employment opportunities .English education should be provided for every undergraduate as a must . This backward thinker is planning about his vote base for next election .

    Sambo Monday, 21 May 2018 07:44 AM

    Mr. Minister. There are more important things to be looked into before this. All the politicians cover their sins by offering flowers in temples with a big media coverage. Please be practical.

    Bala Monday, 21 May 2018 09:00 AM

    action would be taken against those involved in such crimes irrespective of their status. This means : AA. Action upto now was based on status. BB. Why not action on Archaeology Dept and Provincial Secretary for not taking action. This was not a small midnight robbery but long time daylight robbery in which they participated.

    sumanathissa Monday, 21 May 2018 09:22 AM

    Destruction of archaeological sites done by very powerful personal .Legal protection is not easy.Best thing is to provide security by forces. Should be handed over to them properly.

    Kanthi Tuesday, 22 May 2018 08:20 AM

    Mr.Minister why not you join hands with Ms.Nagananda Kodituwakku and Sugandhika Fernando to eradicate all corruption and wrong practices done in the judiciary for the sake of people and to save the black robe you are wearing from getting further tarnished? Once you were the minister of justice.

    Atha Katha Rajasoma Tuesday, 22 May 2018 09:13 AM

    You are not suitable to any Ministerial portfolios as you are a No. 1. thief who gets bribe in millions and save the culprits.

    Gamarala Tuesday, 22 May 2018 09:19 AM

    More laws will not solve these problems, but proper security and educated citizens who value our heritage as they do in developed countries would save our heritage and our archeological sites. More laws is a waste of time enforce the laws that are already on the books.


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