Monk leads fight against spread of liquor

By Shelton Hettiarachchi

A Buddist monk is leading a campaign in Nuwara Eliya to prevent the opening of a liquor shop in close proximity to a school.

President- Sasanaraksaka Bala Mandalaya, Ven Uduwela Dhamminda Thera, who earlier spearheaded the protest which resulted in the closure of the said sales outlet, has re-launched the campaign to prevent the reopening of the outlet.

However, a fresh attempt has been made to reopen the stall near the Mahagastota area. The attempt to put the liquor outlet in close proximity to the Sri Sumanaramaya temple in Mahagastota, close to Madddhuma Bandara Vidyalaya and another temple, Sri Senanadaramaya, failed following a protest campaign by the students and residents of the area.

Government has launched a campaign to stop liquor sales and reduce its consumption, in view of the forthcoming 2600 Buddha Jayanthi celebrations, with the respect due to it. The Ven Thera said that it was in support of the state drive against liquor that he led the protest campaign against the liquor shop being located in the said hallowed area.

Government Agent D.G.P. Kumarasiri has also has been providing assistance to prevent the ‘free flow’ of liquor within the area.

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