Malwatte Chapter Anunayaka Ven. Dimbulkumbure Wimaladhamma Thera stated that most of the politicians launch development projects as if they had spent their own money and spends a similar amount in launching the project than it took to construct it.
He stated that the development projects carried out from the money of the public does not even need name boards of politicians. The Thera was addressing the ceremony held to mark the completion of three years of the Nelligala International Buddhist Institute, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena on Duruthu Poya Day.
The roads leading to the Buddhist institute and the higher storey garden was open by the President.
The President had stated that Rs. 350 million was provided for the development of the institute which was the money of the general public which the Thera appreciated. He advised politicians who launch development projects as if they had spent their own money to take the President as a role model.
“The President was born as a son of a farmer and started from the smallest place and rose to the top. He has a vast knowledge of the problems of the society and a wide experience”.
“Former President R. Premadasa similarly started from the smallest place and rose to the top. He was a practical leader. There is no doubt that President Sirisena has a good awareness of the problems of the people.”
“S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike once stated that a man’s duty is to serve mankind and our president serves the public despite caste, colour or parties,” stated the Thera.
Nelligala Buddhist Institute Ven. Wathkubure Dammarakkitha Thera, Central Province Chief Minister Sarath EKanayake and MP Mayantha Dissanayake also spoke. Central Province Governor Niluka Ekanayake, Sri Dalada Maligawa Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela also participated.