Lands should be given to Buddhist clergy – DGA
By W.K. Prasad Manju
Director General of Archaeology (DGA), Professor Senarath Dissanayaka said, he had submitted a proposal to both the President and the Prime Minister, urging them to hand over areas coming under the Department of Archaeology where no archaeological findings were made, to the Buddhist clergy.
He said, surveys and excavations carried out by the officers attached to his Department had found that no archaeological items had been detected in 75 per cent of the areas coming under the Department.
Prof. Dissanayaka recommended that such areas or places should be handed over to the Buddhist clergy. He added that such areas could be protected if they are handed over to the care of the Buddhist clergy and noted that there had also been several requests to this effect by the clergy as well.