Sri Lanka’s president Maithripala Sirisena stated that his government would ensure that “the highest sponsorship will be provided by the government to strengthen the Buddhasasana” at a Buddhist religious event at Tissamaharma on Saturday.
Mr Sirisena said that he “will work towards providing every facility to develop the religious education which is a timely need.”
He went on to state that the Buddhist Renaissance Fund by the Sri Lankan government would develop Buddhist temples and shrines.
“President said that the highest sponsorship will be provided by the government to strengthen the Buddhasasana, including developing temples, providing facilities for maintenance of the dignity of Buddhist monks, propagation of dhamma, and religious programs,” reported his official media website.
The Sri Lankan president has often reiterated his commitment towards developing Buddhism across the island, and earlier this year travelled to Jaffna to inaugurate a highly controversial 'teaching Buddhism in Tamil language' scheme.