International award to President in recognition of anti drugs
[January 03 2018]
President Maithripala Sirisena has been given a
special award in recognition of his relentless campaign to eradicate
drug menace, which is a major international problem. This award, which
was awarded by the Anti Drug Non-Governmental Organizations Conference
held in Macao in China in November 2017, was handed over to President
Sirisena today (January 2) at the Presidential Secretariat by President
of the Federation of Anti Drug NGOs, Sarath M Samarage.
President Sirisena's leadership for anti-drug
campaigns, his decision to eradicate drugs and tobacco use in Sri Lanka
by 2020 and the efforts taken to achieve this objective and steps taken
to make people aware of the drug menace and to propagate Buddhist
ethical values in the society came for high appreciation of the
international anti drug campaigners.
President Sirisena handed over an award given at the
Conference to founder President of Mithuro-Mithuro Sansadaya, Ven
Kuppiyawatte Bodhananda Thera for his services for anti-drug campaigns.
Minister Thalatha Athukorale, Drugs Control Council
Chairman, Dr Ravindra Fernando and Head of Presidential Anti Drugs Task
Force, Dr Samatha Kithalawaarachchi were also present on this occasion.