Hindu Religious Affairs Minister Douglas Devananda and a group of Hindu religious dignitaries involved in tsunami relief called on President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday [Feb. 24].
Minister Devananda and the Hindu clerics briefed the President on the relief work done so far and their plans for the future. They said the Hindu Service Society, All Ceylon Hindu Congress, Chinmaya Mission, Ramakrishna Mission and a host of other Hindu religious organizations have lent much assistance to them in their work.
They discussed at length the problems they face in the execution of their activities, such as new land allocations for housing. The President explained to them the government’s policy and its construction plans. She said the new dwellings built for the affected people will have better amenities than before.
President said after the December 26th tidal wave catastrophe,
Sri Lanka has been listed among the disaster prone countries. Therefore the
enforcement of the 200 meter buffer zone in the eastern coast and the 100
meter rule in the western coast would be vital to ensure the safety of our
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