Temples will be protected - PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the government would never let rural and urban temples to go to ruin.The Premier was speaking at the main ceremony organised by the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) to provide financial assistance to religious places in the Colombo city held at Temple Trees yesterday.

The CMC organised the programme annually to donate Rs. 50,000 each to all religious places within the city limits to facilitate religious celebrations to ensure harmony among people. “It is necessary to protect the rural and urban temples. The government is committed to ensure the safety and security of the temples and other Buddhist sites in the country and to protect places of religious significance from any harm,” the Prime Minister said.

“Our lives become more complicated, but activities improving the spiritual development are gradually increasing under the temples. Therefore, we must facilitate religious sites to develop our spiritual aspect,” the Premier said. The Prime Minister said that when the country develops, followers of temples (Dayaka Sabhas) too flourish. “Then Dayaka Sabhas donate more and more to meet the needs of the temples. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the government to uplift the religious sites,” he saida