Secretary chairs meeting on providing security to religious
[June 27 2019]
The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV
RWP RSP VSV USP ndc chaired a meeting with the Chief Prelates and lay
custodians of important temples, today (27 June 2019). The meeting was
held to discuss security arrangements to annual ‘Peraheras’ (Cultural
processions) conducted by the temples.
A range of important issues were taken up for discussion with regard to
providing security to organize the historical annual processions which
are an important part of the local religious and cultural traditions. A
large number of both local and foreign people flock to see these
colorful processions from all over the world.
In the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings, special arrangements are
to be put in place this year to ensure the complete safety and security
of the people and the locations. The Secretary assured those present of
his fullest cooperation in this regard.
Chief Prelates of the Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya, Mahiyangana Rajamaha
Viharaya, Bellanvila Rajamaha Viharaya and Navagamuwa Paththini Devalaya
and Basnayaka Nilames and lay custodians of important temples including
the Dalada Maligawa, Chief of National Intelligence, Military Liaison
Officer, senior tri forces officers were also present at the meeting.