- President pledges to fulfill the expectations of the farmers as famer the President of the country.
- President assures money will be deposited to bank accounts of drought victims before Sinhala Hindu New Year dawn.
The National Aluth Sahal Mangalya which is known to be most venerated agricultural ritual of Sinhalese was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the historical Jaya SrI Maha Bodhiya in Anuradhapura this morning (08).
The event had been organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Department of Agrarian Services for the 50th time under the guidance of Chief Incumbent of Atamasthana Ven. Pallegama Sirinivasa thero; where sacred Sri Maha Bodhiya was offered with maiden harvest of Maha season following a traditional customary.
A large number of farmers from different parts of the country were present at the traditional ceremony. Blessings were invoked, for the country and the nation, at the event, with the wishes of timely showers, bountiful of harvest and prosperous economy for the country.
President who attended the Aluth Sahal Mangalya initially paid homage at the sacred Sri Maha Bodhiya, obtained blessings.
Afterwards, the venerable Maha Sanga were offered a bowl filled with toxin free indigenous variety of rice.
President also distributed endemic varieties of seed paddy that are identical for respective provinces to farmers who represented all the provinces of country.
Addressing the event, President said that he is committed to fulfill the expectations of general public who ascended a farmer as president. President also noted that the farmers of the country will soon witness the results of the extensive measures taken by the government to realize the dreams of them.
The present government has rendered an incomparable service to uplift the country’s agriculture and strengthen the economy of the farmers.
President also pointed out that the programme which was implemented by the present government to provide relief for victims of the drought is novel method and Rs. 7,000 million rupees has already been allocated to deposit money to bank accounts of drought hit people before dawning of Sinhala Hindu New Year.
President recalled that the government has made construction work of Moragahakanda reservoir project expeditious while putting a full stop to grievances of the people of Rajarata. He also stated that reconstruction work of 1,000 more tanks is underway at present to provide sufficient amount of water to the farmers.
Minister of Agriculture Duminda Dissanayke presented souvenir printed on the Aluth Sahal Manglaya to the President at the event.
Chief Incumbent of Atamasthana and Chief Sanga Nayaka of North and Central Ven. Pallegama Siriniwasa thero, Chief Incumbent of Ruwanweli Maha Seeya Ven. Pallegama Hemarathana thero, Minister of Agriculture Duminda Dissanayake, Ministers Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Chandrani Bandara, Tissa Karalliyedda, Governor of the North Central Province P.B. Dissanayake, other political representatives, Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture D. Wijayarathna, Commissioner General of Agrarian Services Development D.V. Bandusena and government officials were present at the event.
President also visited the Jethavanarama Viharaya and was engaged in religious observances. He called on Chief Incumbent of the Viharaya venerable Ihala Halmillewe Rathnapala thero.
The newly built “Sathara Maha Doratu” of the stupa of Jethavanarama Viaharaya was declared open by the President.