Acts to protect Buddhism
Clauses included to prevent forced
Allowance for needy temples:
Five Acts are to be introduced to preserve Buddhism and the Maha
Sangha for the future generation, Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne said. He
said a preliminary proposal was presented to Cabinet during its last
deliberations. According to the Prime Minister, the proposals include
the creation of a Sangha Sabha comprising leading Buddhist monks to
advise the Government on matters related to Buddhism.
The Acts would also include clauses to prevent forced religious
conversions and methods to establish a dialogue within religious circles
to discuss new trends in Buddhism and its applicability.
Prime Minister Jayaratne made these observations during a discussion
with Atamasthanadipathi Ven. Pallegama Sirinivasa Thera in Anuradhapura.
The Premier also noted that in addition to the five Acts, the Government
was contemplating on introducing several other initiatives to meet rural
One such effort is to provide an allowance to needy temples in rural
areas to improve their infrastructure and supplement other necessities.
Another move is to allow temples to lease land to the State which are
owned by them under the Temporalities Ordinance and use the earnings to
meet the maintenance costs of the temples.