At a time when only the Department of Buddhist Affairs was conducting Buddhist activities in the country as a state institution, a ministry was established for the first time on 16th June 1988 as the Ministry of Buddhasasana and all the Buddhist affairs were assigned to it. The amendments have been made to the name of the ministry as simultaneous subjects to religions were added to the scope of this ministry with widening the scope of it. Currently this ministry is functioning as the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs in three main areas including Buddhist Affairs, Other Religious Affairs and Cultural Affairs.
Towards Sustainably Developed Sri Lanka.
To create a righteous, disciplined and spiritually developed society full of religious coexistence with the participation of all the parties and utilizing resources to the optimum level based on the teachings of all the religions prioritized by Buddhism and in situ and ex situ conservation of cultural and archaeological heritage, preservation of films, dramas and theatrical arts and tangible and intangible heritages and state documents and to implement policies and programmes to protect, promote and propagate Sri Lankan Culture.