Ideas and suggestions of Mahanayake Theras regarding national security presented to the President
President Maithripala Sirisena paid homage to the historic Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in the weekend and later he called on the Mahanayake Theras of Malwathu and Asgiri Chapters and apprised them regarding the steps that have been taken to ensure national security.
First, the President visited the Malwathu Maha Viharaya and called on Most Ven.Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Mahanayake Thero and held a brief discussion with him.
During this meeting, the President apprised the Mahanayake Thero regarding the steps taken by the Government to rebuild the trust among communities which was destroyed as a result of the April 21 incident and about the present security situation of the country.
The Mahanayake Thero of the Malwathu Chapter pointed out the importance of ensuring the national reconciliation in the country as well as enforcement of the common law for all the citizens of the country.
The President discussed with the Mahanayake Thero regarding the Vesak celebrations and the security process to be launched in this regard.
Later, the President visited the Asgiri Maha Viharaya and called on the Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Mahanayaka Thero.
The Thero also appreciated the steps taken by the President towards the security of the country and blessed those efforts.
The President, who brirfed the Thero about the program conducted by the government to restore the security of the citizens as well as the normalcy in the lives of the public, detailed out the measures taken by him to prevent any conflicts arise in the country and maintain peace and reconciliation that was prevailing between the ethnic groups.
The Anu Nayaka of Asgiri Chapter Ven. Anamaduwe Dhammdassi Anu Nayaka Thero, Ven. Naramapanawe Ananada Nayaka Thero, holding the trusteeship of Sri Dalada Maligawa Daliy Service (Thewawa) and the Karaka Sangha Sabha Sabhika of Asgiri Chapter Ven. Kurukkandanwala Punnarathna Thero, were present at this event.
Then the President engaged in a friendly conversation with Ven. Dimbukumbura Wimadhamma Anu Nayaka Thero of Malwathu Asgiri Chapter.
The current security program in the country as well as the security of the school children and the university students, and the places of public gatherong were discussed by the President with the Nayake Thero.
Thus the unnecessary ways to remove fears among the people, and false alarms and the importance of establishing peace avoiding all those factors mentioned above were discussed.
Then the Thero chanted pirith and blessed the President.
The President who went to Manikhinna Hurikaduwa Sri Vidayasagara Vihara where Maha Nayaka of Ramanna Maha Nikaya Ven. Napane Premasiri Nayaka Thero is residing engaged in a friendly conversation with the Nayake Thero.
The program carried on by the President to secure the country and the public and to eradicate terrorism was appreciated by the Thero and he blessed the President for his efforts.
Governor of Central Province Maithree Gunarathna and Governor of North Central Province Sarath Ekanayake, were present in this event.