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Unique ecosystem National Namal Uyana a World Heritage Site in the making

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Secretary to the Leader of the House and Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister, Harsha Wijewardene said that, with the intervention of the President and the Prime Minister, and through the Central Cultural Fund, steps are being taken to make the archaeologically, ecologically and geographically important Rose Quartz Reserve with the National Namal Uyana which is a unique ecosystem, into a World Heritage Site.

He stated this in his keynote address at the distribution ceremony of school equipment to 1,000 schoolchildren at the National Namal Uyana, in conjunction with its 33rd anniversary.

He further said that if incumbent President Ranil Wickremesinghe, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and current Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena had not got themselves involved with the electronic and print media of this country more than 20 years ago, even today, the National Namal Uyana would have only been a dream for this country.

Harsha Wijewardene further said, “Also, it is my understanding that it would be an injustice if I do not respectfully mention that Ven. Wanawasi Rahula Thera has received the necessary government support from all the State leaders and States that I have been to date, as a public official, to make this work a success.

Also, the close working of the media from then till now, especially our senior journalist Edmund Ranasinghe, Siri Ranasinghe and others, its main stakeholders including print media, electronic media, took Namal Uyana to become an attractive and beautiful world to us all.

In fact, no matter how much our Ven. Wanawasi Rahula Thera has the need and desire, even though the attention of the State is there, in a world where the media controls the thoughts and wishes of the society, without the support of social media, mass media and environment-friendly citizens, it is not possible to protect the National Namal Uyana or take it to the international level.”

Something else which is important needs to be mentioned at this special moment. All of us, including our Ven. Wanawasi Rahula Thera, are only temporary custodians of Namal Uyana. The real owners of Namal Uyana are the future generations of the country, including these lovely children seated in front of us.”

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