Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne has underlined the need for a national programme to ensure the security of Archaeological centres of the North and East.
The Prime Minister has submitted a proposal in this respect to the 2600th Sambuddha Jayanthi operations committee. Several issues including the development of Vihares and archaeological sites in the North and East and the identification and conservation of locations with archaeological values are incorporated in this set of proposals. The Prime Minister pointed out the need for the Defence sectors to draw attention to threats to Chief Incumbents of certain areas from treasure hunters.