Jan 02, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has been given a special award in recognition of his relentless campaign to eradicate drug menace, which is a major international problem.
The award presented by the Anti-Drug Non-Governmental Organizations Conference held in Macao in China in November 2017, was handed over to President Sirisena on Tuesday at the Presidential Secretariat by the president of Sri Lanka Federation of Nongovernmental Organizations Against Drug Abuse, Sarath M Samarage.
President Sirisena's leadership for anti-drug campaigns, his decision to eradicate drugs and tobacco use in Sri Lanka by 2020, the efforts taken to achieve this objective and steps taken to make people aware of the drug menace, and to propagate Buddhist ethical values in the society came for high appreciation of the international anti-drug campaigners.
President Sirisena handed over an award given at the Conference to founder President of Mithuro-Mithuro Sansadaya, Ven Kuppiyawatte Bodhananda Thera for his services for anti-drug campaigns.
Minister of Justice Thalatha Athukorala, Drugs Control Council Chairman, Dr Ravindra Fernando and Head of Presidential Anti Drugs Task Force, Dr Samatha Kithalawaarachchi were also present on this occasion.