Presidential Task Force to protect archaeological sites

2020-05-23 at 06:30

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says a Presidential Task Force will be appointed under the Defence Secretary to conduct a comprehensive survey of archaeological sites in the East and to take measures to preserve them.

Several parties voiced concerns regarding the destruction of historical monuments.

The President’s Media Division said after considering all aspects a programme will be launched with the support of the Department of Archaeology in order to preserve historic sites.

The President expressed his views during a meeting at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday with the Buddhist Advisory Council that meets on the third Friday monthly.

The Maha Sanga enlightened the President on the necessity of a religious discourse due to the misconduct of certain monks that bring disrepute to Buddhism.

The clergy meanwhile commended initiatives launched under the guidance of the President to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Head of State pointed out that it is in fact an achievement that not a single individual from the community has tested positive after the 30th of April.

The Maha Sangha also stressed on the need for an effective programme to combat the drug menace.

President Rajapaksa added large quantities of drugs that were smuggled into the country have been seized during a short time period adding that all steps will be taken to eliminate the drug menace.

The President also pointed out that he will fulfil his responsibility towards national security claiming that intelligence units have been vested with powers to deal with all concerns.