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An Archaeological Advisory Committee was appointed by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Buddha Sasana and Cultural Affairs Minister today to obtain assistance in protecting archaeological sites scattered across the country.

According to the Prime Minister's Media Division, the letters of appointment to the members of the committee were handed over at Temple Trees by the Premier today.

The Prime Minister has appointed the 20-member committee in accordance with the Archaeological (Amended) Act and the committee is expected to provide instructions to the minister on archaeological sites, on special projects, policymaking, observation and development on archaeological sites and promotion of them.

Out of the 20 members, nine members are Buddhist prelates including Most Venerable Anunayake of Asgiri Chapter Wendaruwe Upali Thera, Ven. Mataramba Hemarathana Thera, Ven. Pallegama Hemarathana Thera, Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera, Ven. Alikewela Seelananda Thera, Ven. Yatigaloluwe Wimalarathana Thera, Ven. Pahamune Sri Sumangala Thera, Ven. Professor Induragare Dhammarathana Thera and Ven. Dr. Maduruoye Dhammissara Thera.

Other members include former Archaeological Director General Dr. Shiran Deraniyagala, Professor T.G. Kulatunga and Senior Professors Nimal De Silva and Raj Somadewa.  (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Farieze Wednesday, 29 July 2020 06:55 PM

    What about President appointed Task force on this subject

    Johan Thursday, 30 July 2020 10:46 AM

    Infamous Mahinda will not allow Gota to decide anything.But he will use only Goat's name yo get Victory in the elections

    Interesting Thursday, 30 July 2020 07:17 AM

    ......committee is expected to provide instructions to the minister.....Instructions, not recommendations? WOW.

    Tony Reaves Thursday, 30 July 2020 10:41 AM

    PM on July 29, 2020 appointed a 20 member Archaeological Advisory Committee to assist with the safeguarding of the country’s archeological sites. Meanwhile, on June 3, 2020 President gazetted an 11 member Task Force chaired by Secretary Defence Kamal Gunaratne on Archaeological Heritage Management in the Eastern Province. The issue here is what is hoax and what is legitimate? The worrying phenomenon is the haphazard appointment of committees and task forces undermining already existing institutions could lead to a disruption of the public service in the long run also leading to misappropriation of public funds, resources and possibly corruption and at worst weaponing nationalism leading to communal unrest. In both these archeological related appointments interestingly no other community or religion is represented, which suggests that whether the gov. is moving towards engineering a communal divide where they could sustain the nationalist vote base at the cost of minority concerns


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