PM promises new laws to deal with rogues in robes


Prime Minister DM Jayaratne inspecting artifacts unearthed during the excavation of Navaagala Purana Raja Maha Vihara in Katiyaawa in Anuradhapura.

Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne on Saturday said that laws would be framed to take disciplinary actions against Bhikkhus and ensure their conduct was in line with the Vinaya rules outlined in the Buddha Sasana.

Addressing a ceremony to mark the commencing of conservation of an ancient stupa, at Navaagala Purana Raja Maha Vihara in Katiyaawa, Anuradhapura, the Premier said that the government had been constrained to take stern measures to keep the rogue elements among the Buddhist monks in the interest of the Sasana.

The Stupa being conserved is believed to have been built during the 1st to 3rd century AD during the tenure of King Vasabha. The site has been excavated by the experts of the Department of Archaeology who have unearthed about 20 caskets made of clay, stone, glass, gold and other metals. The conservation activities are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

Prime Minister Jayaratne said that news laws would be made to deal with rogues in robes brining the Maha Sangha into disrepute.

Buddhist monks led by Chief incumbent of the Nawaagala Purana Raja Maha Vihara, Ven. Kirigahawewa Nandarathana Thera, MP Duminda Dissanayake, Irrigation and Water Management Deputy Minister W. Ekanayake, Anuradhapura District MP S.C. Muthukumarana, Chairman of the Galnewa Preadeshiya Sabha Upali Gunawardena, Asst Commissioner of Archaeology Chithrani Malkanthi, Secretary to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana M. K. B. Dissanayake were among those present.

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