Colombo, December 25 (newsin.asia): Sri Lanka’s Buddhist Advisory Council (Maha Sangha) has urged President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to establish a committee comprising leaders of all religions to give space religious harmony while giving priority to ensuring the Buddhist identity of the island nation. The BAC had met President Gotabaya on December 24, for the seventh time since he came to power in November 2019.
The Maha Sangha applauded the creation of an environment to provide space for religious harmony while giving priority for the Buddhist identity and urged the establishment of a committee comprising all religious leaders “to take forward this noble endeavor,” the Presidential Media Division said in a press release.
The Maha Sabhga commended the President for his “unwavering commitment to lay the foundation for national policies despite obstacles and challenges that surfaced during the year.”
“The majority of the people of the country expected a leader who makes decisions based on national ideology. People do not look for narrow gains such as jobs, positions and privileges for themselves from President Rajapaksa.” Maha Sangha stated that the President too did not seek the support of such groups.
“People wanted a disciplined society that ensured national security which had collapsed after 2015, and a society free from drugs and underworld activities, a public service sans waste and corruption and a foreign policy upholding the country’s identity,” Maha Sangha emphasized.
The Maha Sangha applauded the President for initiating measures such as the formulation of a National Education policy and a mechanism to protect National heritage as well as the compilation of a Constitution, which will change the path of the country, amidst many obstacles including that were posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Maha Sangha representing the Buddhist Advisory Council, State Minister Vidura Wickramanayake, Secretary to the President, P.B. Jayasundera, Principal Advisor to President Lalith Weeratunga, Ministry Secretaries and officials participated on this occasion.