Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne has said that a special responsibility is vested with the clergy in bringing people together for the development of the country.
The Prime Minister said there are no countries in the world which does not have pluralistic societies. The Government expects to create an interest in the followers of other religions to develop spiritually. The aim is to allow the Buddhists to follow their religion while giving freedom to the followers of other religions.
He noted that a Sri Lankan nation cant be built, when all these communities unite. It is also envisaged to encourage morality among followers of other religions while developing and protecting the Sambuddha Sasana. If not they would be unable to live in peace. This process would not harm any religion. The Prime Minister was speaking at a function organized to confere the honourary title of Chief Sangha Nayake of the ‘Kalutara Division’ on the Ven. Homagama Dhammananda Thera.
The Prime Minister observed that the country is experiencing religious renaissance than ever before. He said an environment has been created in the country for the people to live freely and the advice given by the clergy to overcome the challenges confronting development will be appreciated. Several Parliamentarians were present.