President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says the curfew will be gradually relaxed in the coming weeks.
The President gave this assurance when he met the chief incumbent of the Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dhrama Maha Sanga Sabha, the Most Venerable Dr. Iththapana Dhammalankara Thero and His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith at the Presidential Secretariat today (28).
The President said that at the meeting they made inquiries about the current progress of the COVID – 19 prevention activities and expressed satisfaction over the measures taken to control the spread of the virus while providing relief to the affected people.
“Two religious leaders expressed hope that the pandemic will be brought under control soon. I was confident that the curfew could be gradually relaxed in coming weeks,” the President said.
Dr. Iththapana Dhammalankara Thero said that he will request the Buddhist community to celebrate the upcoming Vesak festival while remaining at home.
“I pointed out the possibility of utilizing electronic media for this purpose,” the President said.
While inquiring about the progress of investigations on the Easter Sunday attacks Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith emphasized on the need to identify the masterminds of these cowardly attacks.
“The objectives of a suicide attack go beyond just killing scores of people, adding that it is the endevour of the Government to identify those who are behind the sinister motive,” the President said.
His Eminence observed that the time has come to deviate from election propaganda that is wasteful and spiteful and adopt a new political culture.
The President said that he had given thought of changing “useless and expensive” election campaigns.
The Venerable Dhammalankara Thero pointed out that some tanks and irrigation schemes have been neglected in areas where agricultural crops are cultivated.
The President responded saying that funds will be allocated to renovate these tanks and irrigation canals from the next budget.
Secretary to the President P. B. Jayasundera and Principal Advisor to the President Lalith Weeratunga were also present at the discussion. (Colombo Gazette)