Minister Vidura Wickramanayaka says he intends to propose a mechanism to have inform Nayaka Thera in the event of an allegation related to monks, through the Police and to implement the law against them as well as to take disciplinary action.
The Minister said a new Act will be introduced with powers to establish a separate structure to deal with the matter in the future under the guidance of the Nayaka Thera.
The Minister expressed his views at the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Buddhasasana, Religious & Cultural Affairs.
The Committee drew attention to the damage caused to the order by monks who are pious and engaged in certain business activities and accordingly the need for the Ministry to intervene to prevent such incidents.
A discussion was also held on the release of land that do not belong to the Department of Archeology in connection with the Mullathivu Kurundi Viharaya.
It was also discussed that due to lack of provision of Rs.3.2 million required for the practical tests of the Kalayatana examination held in the year 2016, the examination has not been conducted to date.
The Minister expressing his displeasure over the examination being postponed for six years, instructed the Secretary to the Ministry to immediately intervene and conduct the examination promptly.
He also commented on the programme of providing solar power systems for Buddhist sacred places.
Attention was meanwhile drawn to the deterioration of discipline in universities where monks are educated.
It was discussed that 45% of monks who usually enter Buddhist universities leave the order in the final year.
Accordingly, the committee emphasised the need to take further action to control this situation.
Accordingly, the Minister indicated that he expects to discuss and take measures with the Ministry of Higher Education in the future.