Under mentioned areas are identified as Sacred Areas,
Such sacred areas will be declared sacred place. Several areas declared by gazette notification under the Town and Country Planning Ordinance No 13 of 1946.
Accordingly financial assistance is granted for the development of sacred places on consideration of religioun. Archaelogical importance historical importance cultural importance, environmental importance and economical and social importance.
List of the Sacred Areas
A punyagrama could be defined as a village free of poverty and indebtedness, with human resources filled with proper nutrition and leading a healthy life free of drugs and insensibility, free of harmful acts and with a spiritually high mentality, filled with knowledge and with developed personality with good conduct.By infusing the concept of the past, the village and the temple among the rural community for fostering and protecting Buddhism through motivation to engage in good economical activities according to the teachings of Buddhism is expected through this program.The objective of the Punyagrama is to protect the person, family and the villageby creating equality in consuming resources.For this purpose spiritual development programs for preserving moral values and physical and economical programs are implemented with temples as the center point. The Ministry of Buddhasasana has planned to implement the Punyagrama program in the year 2018 to create a society filled with virtues by consolidating the people in the village with the temple of the village and also by developing temples facing difficulties with less facilities and those villages for the purpose of creating an economically sound village.
Program proposed to be implemented under the Punyagrama Program and the objectives.
Implementation of Budget proposals Budget proposal No.161 of the General Treasury had allocated Rs.Mn. 250.00 for the year 2018 also for re-establishment and reconstruction of ancient Raja Maha Vihara temples and places of worship with archaeological value. Under this proposal provisions of Rs.Mn.175 have been allocated to the Ministry of Buddhasasana. According to a decision taken after discussion with state level institutions such as Archaeological Department and Physical Planning Department it was planned to implement this program through proposals obtained at Divisional Secretariat Divisions level. In this regard since these development activities are obtained on the recommendation of the Archaeological Department the supervision and guidance too was assigned to the said Department.
“Mathata Thitha”(Liqour/Narcotics Preventive Programme) Programme is the National Level Programme for producing a Society free of Liquor / Narcotics as mentioned in the Mahinda Chinthana manifesto. This programme which was initiated in 2007 is now being activated by the Notional Navcatics Prevention Steering Unit which is established under the Ministry of Buddhasasana and Religious affairs and under the patronage of Rev.Athuraliya Rathana Thero.
The National Drug Prevention Program is a program designed and implemented at the national level to create a society free of drugs, happy, happy and happy family units.
2007 The National Narcotics Control Unit was established under the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Moral Development.