Sep 13, 2018

Plan to insure Bhikkus

Buddhasasana Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera said a special insurance scheme would be introduced for Bhikkus.

He said a special discussion regarding this proposal would be held with the Finance Minister next week.

The minister said initially this insurance scheme would be provided to the Buddhist monks and later it would also be granted to other religious priests.

Minister Perera said monks should be encouraged to remain as monks for the protection of Buddhism, adding that in this respect several measures would be taken, including the upliftment and development of temples in difficult areas.

The government intends to create a just society centred on religious institutions, adding that it would be necessary to make Daham Pasal (Sunday school) compulsory for children in the future.

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