President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the arrangements are being made to increase financial assistance to places of religious worship.
The President was addressing a gathering after commissioning a newly constructed four storied training centre for Bhikkus at Kebellewala Sri Rathanasiri Pirivena yesterday (May 2). The training centre was constructed with donations from well wishers including Deputy Foreign Minister Neomal Perera at a cost of Rs. 600 million.
He said the people who talk about law and order of the country have totally forgotten that there were tyre pyres during a certain period. The President said some have forgotten the situation of the country during those periods.
All are living peacefully without any fear or suspicion in this peaceful country now, he said. The President said this training centre is a symbol for religious coexistence.
This is an eye opener to the people who say there is no religious harmony. The peaceful atmosphere in the country leads to religious harmony. Moreover, as a result of this peaceful atmosphere, not only temples but also all other places of worship are being developed, President Rajapaksa said.
He added that places of worship pave the way for spiritual development of the people. A religious environment creates valuable people who are an asset to the country, he said. All are duty bound to protect and safeguard their religions and places of worship, the President said.