A new plan has been crafted for the development of Vihares and other places of worship in the North and East. Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne said the Government was according high priority for the development of religious centres in these Provinces.
The Prime Minister said that their intention is to build a disciplined and civilized society. There are 10 thousand 536 temples countrywide. It is the Government which is assisting the maintenance of the temples in the North and East. He referred to a programme mooted by him to launch a fund for the future existence of these temples.
The Prime Minister was speaking at a ceremony organized for the opening of the new Wahalkada of the Sri Wijayarama Temple in Chilaw.