Minister Amunugama proposes alliance of Buddhist countries in the region


Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama attending a seminar of heads of Pirivenas in Kandy district last Friday (6). Pic by Cyril Wimalasurendre

By Cyril Wimalasurendre

KANDY – Science, Technology and Research Skills Development Vocational Training and Kandyan Heritage Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama said in Kandy, last Friday, that he would initiate the formation of an alliance of the Buddhist countries in the region.

Addressing a meeting of heads of Pirivenas in the Kandy District, Minister Amunugama said that in the past Sri Lanka had had close ties with Buddhist countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Burma and relations should be revived.

Such an alliance in the region would help build a stronger ties among the Buddhist countries, Dr. Amunugama noted.

A coming together of the Buddhist countries of the region would beneift the members immensely and the formation of the alliance had to be done according to a well thought out plan, he added.

Disclosing plans for developing the Vihares and the Privienas in the country, the Minister said that Rs. 200 million would be distributed among the Vihares for development work and the first Rs. 100 million would be released the following week.

Education provided by pirivenas, managed by the Maha Sangha, had benefited the country immensely prior to the colonial ear, when it was neglected, Dr. Amunugama said..

Minister Amunugama recalled service to the nation rendered by the reputed seats of learning such as the Vidyodaya and Vidyalankara Privienas.

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