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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 - 9:09
Ecclesiastical bill: Not to regulate Bhikkus but to register Kathikawatha- Chief Prelate of the Asgiri Chapter
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Chief Prelate of the Asgiri Chapter Most Rev. Galagama Sri Attadassi Thera proclaims that the ecclesiastical draft bill is a fruit reaped after extensive requests made by three major Prelates from governments over years.

The announcement further says that the draft bill is not an attempt to regulate Bhikkus but to register a Bhikku Kathikawatha.

Most Rev. Thero points out that the overlapping between the elements to be included in the Kathikawatha in the draft bill must have caused the confusion while emphasizing that the ecclesiastical bill is a need of time.

Chief Prelate of the Malwathu Chapter Venerable Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thero recently stated that despite the requirement of a Theravada Bhikku Dialogue act, previous governments did not give priority due to various political reasons.

Meanwhile, All Island tri-chapter Sangha Sabha coalition Bhikkus held a protest in front of Kaluthara Bodhi, against the draft ecclesiastical bill that was tabled into the Parliament recently.

The Convener of the coalition stated that the Bhikkus perform any task to defeat the draft bill while the Bhikku wave initiated in Kaluthara will be pushed towards headquarter temples of the three major chapters.

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