He was responding to questions raised during the Cabinet media briefing held earlier today (22). Journalists had referred to recent media reports which had revealed the fate of the ashes as well as the fact that the 'Amaradewa Asapuwa' which was to be built to commemorate the legendary musician, has now been abandoned.
"Amaradewa is not just another musician. He is a national treasure. When I learnt that his ashes are still at the Jayaratne Funeral Parlour, I was shocked. Something had gone wrong somewhere," he said.
"Since the project had been initiated under the Ministry of Mass Media, I even asked the secretary. Then, I learnt that 6-7 months before, the Cultural Department had taken over the project, even taking over all pertaining documents," he added.
Expressing his sincere regrets, the minister said that while sharing this collective shock with the society and while admitting the fact that they too bear some blame, measures will be taken to finish the project soon.
He added that they will direct the matter before the Prime minister within today itself.
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