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Rs.50 mn retreat centre for St.Anne’s Thalawila

Baseless allegations will not deter me - Minister Sajith Premadasa:
Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa, Chilaw Bishop Rt.Rev Valence Mendis and State Minister Niroshan Perera laying the foundation for a Residential Retreat Centre at St. Anne’s Church in Thalawila.
Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa, Chilaw Bishop Rt.Rev Valence Mendis and State Minister Niroshan Perera laying the foundation for a Residential Retreat Centre at St. Anne’s Church in Thalawila.

Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa said his commitment to serve the people and the country will never be deterred by baseless allegations levelled at him.

Minister Premadasa said his opponents have begun slinging mud at him with the ulterior motive of discouraging programmes launched by him for the benefit of the less privileged in the country.

Minister Premadasa was speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of the Residential Retreat Centre at St Anne’s Church in Thalawila yesterday. Rs.50 million of the Central Cultural Fund has been allocated to enhance facilities of devotees of all faiths under the programme of ‘Development with spiritual growth’.

This programme is implemented countrywide giving prominence to cultural renaissance under a concept of Minister Sajith Premadasa.

“This Ministry has implemented a programme of cultural renaissance in the country,” he said. The Minister said that the objective of this programme to inculcate the values of every religion with the objective of creating a peaceful and civilised community and society.

He said that buildings for Dhamma schools will be constructed at less privileged religious places around the country with the intention of shaping a society rich in moral values.

The Minister said this programme will also help promote amity among various communities in the country.

Over 175 families received housing loans worth Rs. 8.7 million and 25 less privileged families received loans under Visira Loan scheme at this occasion. Trainees also received benefits worth Rs. 900,000. Over 114 visually handicapped persons received spectacles on this occasion.

Chilaw Bishop Rt.Rev. Valence Mendis, State Minister Niroshan Perera and MP Hector Appuhamy were present.


 

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