Colombo - Minister of Buddha
Sasana, Public Security, Law and Order Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
has directed that Rs. 300,000 be released for repairs to each of
43 Buddhist Temples damaged due to the tsunami disaster.
Most of the damaged temples are located
in Hambantota, Matara, Galle and Kalutara Districts.
Of the sum to be allocated to each
temple Rs. 25,000 is to be allocated for purchase of furniture and
other items destroyed and the rest to be used for reconstruction
of the buildings.
The funds to the temples will be channelled
through the respective Sasana Arakshaka Bala Mandalayas and part
of the funds had already been allocated to the Temple according
to the Secretary of the Ministry of Buddha Sasana D.W. Abeywickrema.
It has been found that none of the
Buddha Statues of the affected temples has been damaged by the tsunami.
[LANKA DAILY NEWS]