The Maha Sangha of the Presidential Buddhist Advisory Council say it is important to hold further discussions before reaching a definite conclusion regarding the registration of new places of worship.
The Buddhist Advisory Council convened at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday for the 13th time.
A lengthy discussion was held on the construction and maintenance of new places of worship, the conduct of Sunday Dhamma Schools, the “Vihara and Devalagam Act”, surveying land owned by the Department of Archaeology in the North and East and the amendment of the Archaeological Ordinance.
It was discussed that the procedures to be followed in respect of each religion should be taken into consideration separately in the registration of new places of worship.
Special attention was paid to allowing the registration of temples on the recommendation of the Mahanayake Thera of the relevant sect and the Registrar of the Regional Sasanarakshaka Bala Mandalaya.
The Maha Sangha said the registration of temples centred on sites with artefacts of importance should be done under the recommendation and supervision of the Department of Archeology.
The decision pertaining to amending the Archaeological Ordinance was reviewed and the Commissioner General of Archeology Anura Manatunga said the Act will be presented in Parliament in the months ahead.