President Maitripala Sirisena says that it has been made a State Policy to give greater appreciation to indigenous heritage and values.
It is the Government’s aim to implement this when strengthening the national economy.
The President said so while participating at the 151st Commemoration of Honourable Anagarika Dharmapala held at the BMICH last afternoon.
Born on 17th September 1864, Honourable Anagarika Dharmapala is considered the founder of the country’s Buddhist Revival.
Following a philosophy based on non-violence honourable Dharmapala worked jointly with Colonel Henry Steele Olcott for propagating Buddhism for resuscitating the country’s Buddhist education.
The year from the 150th birthday of Honourable Anagaarika Dharmapala up to his 151st birthday, namely from 14th September 2014 to 14th September 2015 has been named Honourable Anagaarika Dharmapala Year.
Meanwhile President Maitripala Sirisena yesterday advised the Mahaweli Officials that the greatest respect that could be given to him was not to refrain from work on the basis of friendship, but carrying out the duties properly.
The Progress Review meeting was held yesterday at the Mahaweli Ministry with the President at the chair.