PM reveals of a Committee to sort out issues of young Buddhist...

PM reveals of a Committee to sort out issues of young Buddhist monks

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has revealed that a Committee will be appointed to address the issues of young Buddhist monks. The Prime Minister said that the Government had no legal capability of exerting pressure in the drafting of a Bill such as the Bikkhu Kathikawath.
The Prime Minister made these references when he met 100 young moderate Buddhist monks with the intention of soliciting the contribution of the Government for the welfare of the Sasana and society.
This gathering was organized with the intention of discussing ten points after studying the problems which had so far not surfaced in the Sangha fraternity. The discussions with the Prime Minister dealt on a number of matters. They included Pirivena and higher education of the Bikkhus and Bikkhunis, leaving abroad, relations between the local and foreign Buddhist Vihares, development of Dhamma Schools, granting of teacher appointments,, the provision of cash grants for remote Vihares and the conservation of archaeological places.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe mentioned that the Government had no legal ability to exert pressure in bringing forward Bills such as the Bikkhu Kathikawath.
Premier Wickremasinghe said that the Government had no legal rights to mediate in these affairs. In this background, it may be the Buddha Sasana, the Catholics, Christians, the Hindus, Muslims, Parliament cannot interfere in their dhamma activities. The Prime Minister said that what they had to do is to tell the Mahanayakes to adopt a Karaka Sabha. If they disagreed it will not be done. Also, the Prime Minister said that if a Sanghadikarana is needed it could be discussed with the Karaka Sabha.
The Ven. Panaamure Chandrananda Thera who joined in this discussion said that they were working with the aim of securing the views and proposals of the Mahanayake Theras on their requests.
Chairman of the National Youth Services Council Attorney Erande Weliange pointed revealed that the Prime Minister has given an assurance to appoint a Committee in the future to look into these requests.
These Buddhist monks and Bikkhunis met Minister Sagala Ratnayake for discussions. This gathering war organized by the National Youth Services Council