Tuesday, 4 March 2014 00:45
President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently inaugurated the country’s 750th Nenasala in Agalawatta and the website of the Bellana Sri Dharmapala Maha Pirivena to coincide with its centenary.
“This 750th Nenasala set up in the Bellana Sri Dharmapala Pirivena is not only for the pirivena but also for the area. When the pirivena is improved, the village is improved; when the village is improved, the country is improved,”
The 750th Nenasala was set up in pursuance of the ‘project for setting 1,000 Nenasalas island-wide,’ a concept of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
“This Government has done more for pirivena education than any other Government. This Government increased the student subsidy and bhikkhu subsidy. More action will be taken for improving pirivena education. This is because we have understood the importance of pirivena education,” the President added.
The President also said that all should put aside their differences and come together to defend the motherland.
“You know that today in this country there is freedom of movement, expression and living. We have created an era in which everyone can protect his life. But today we are pressured to answer why we brought about this era. However, we know that when we look at the happenings in the world today, anyone could have different views and political wants. We must put them all aside, giving priority to the motherland. At a time when the motherland is threatened, it is the duty of everyone to stand on behalf of the motherland, putting aside all such personal agendas.”
Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena, Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, Project Minister of Ports and Highways Nirmala Kothalawala, ICTA CEO Reshan Dewapura and ICTA Strategic Communications Director Athula Pushpakumara also participated in the occasion.
Dewapura said that by now Nenasalas (wisdom outlets) had become not only rural information technology centres but institutions very close to the people, bringing universal knowledge to the people and enabling them to carry out many modern information technology services.