Oct 15, Colombo: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today (15) presented Rs. 50,000 each to 40 selected Hindu temples at Temple Trees to coincide with the Navaratri Pooja.
The Prime Minister pointed out that even though the whole world is facing major threats and crises due to the COVID-19 epidemic, it is the responsibility of all of us as a government to protect Hindu religious values.
The Chairmen of the Boards of Trustees of the temples attended the occasion and received the checks from the Prime Minister, symbolizing the grant of financial assistance.
“I take this donation of Rs. 50,000 to Hindu temples at a difficult time like this as an opportunity to protect the religious values and wish the country well. As the Minister in charge of Religious Affairs, it is our responsibility to protect Hinduism and the values of Hinduism. We hope to contribute Rs. 50,000 to protect these religious values,” the Premier said
“It is very important that we start this charity work in this Navaratri festivities where good deeds begin with the hope that everything we start will end successfully. Amidst the threat of COVID-19, we especially hope that the Health Guidelines of the Ministry of Health will be followed at the ceremonies held at the temples,” the Prime Minister said.
Ministers Douglas Devananda, Namal Rajapaksa, State Minister Jeevan Thondaman, Member of Parliament M. Rameshwaran, Secretary to the Prime Minister Gamini Senarath, Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister Chaminda Kularatne and Coordinating Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Badulla District Sendil Thondaman were also present.