President considers need to introduce a new insurance scheme for elderly clergy

President considers need to introduce a new insurance scheme for elderly clergy

President Maithripala Sirisena has paid his attention to the need to introduce a new insurance scheme for all the elderly clergy.

The President gave instructions to the officials to examine the issue while responding to a proposal made during a meeting with the National Buddhist Think Tank held at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday (12).

Discussions were also held regarding giving appointments to the persons who passed the Dharmacharya Examination as well as providing reliefs to the foreign monks who are visiting Sri Lanka to pursue higher education in Buddhism.

It was discussed at this meeting about appointing a committee comprise of Buddhist monks, including the monks of the National Buddhist Think Tank, to look into the ways in which the educational opportunities could be expanded to promote national reconciliation.

Attention was also focused on the programme implemented to preserve the ancient puskola poth (books made of ola leaves) at temples.

The President also inquired about the progress of the program implemented through the Presidential Secretariat to provide 10,000 sets of desks to Pirivena.

Venerable Prof. Kotupitiye Rahula Anunayaka Thero, Ven. Prof.Gallelle Sumanasiri Thero, Ven. (Dr.) Akuratiye Nanda Thero officials, including Mr. Chandraprema Gamage, Secretary to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana participated in this meeting.

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