Posted by: lrrp | October 21, 2004

Talks to assess impact of Archaeological Act by L. B. Senaratne

The Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters are to draft a joint memorandum to be presented to the President following the visit of those two Venerable Prelates on the President at Janadhipathi Mandiraya at Kandy for an informal discussion and to bless the President.

The two Mahanayakes were accompanied by the Secretaries of the two Chapters.

The discussion, according to the Chapter sources was informal and centred on various aspects regarding the protection and development of Buddhism.

The chief discussion was on obstacles that the clergy trustees were facing due to the implementation of the Archaeological Act. The Mahanayakes stressed the implementation of the Archaeological Act for the protection of Archaeological sites should remain.

But they personally have faced a number of obstacles, even to the extent of having called upon to pay a fee to visit the sites which they administer.

The President, Chandrika Kumaratunga Bandaranaike is said to have assured the Mahanayakes, Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera of the Malwatte Chapter and Venerable Udugama Buddharakitha Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter that immediate action would be taken to assess the impact of the Archaeological Act.

However, the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapter sources indicated that a joint memorandum would make it easier for the President to take action to protect the Archaeological sites and also would allow to take responsible action by the Maha Sangha easier under the Act.

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