Contrary to certain reports which claimed that the Government Agent (GA) of Jaffna had put a stop to the construction of a Lord Buddha Statue, it has now come to light that the Government Agent had requested Ven. Padumakiththi Thissa of the Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya to obtain approval from the Coast Conservation and Coastal Resource Management Department before constructing the statue.
In a letter dated 21st March 2016, the Jaffna Government Agent who is also the District Secretary informed Ven. Padumakiththi Thissa that his application regarding the construction of the Lord Buddha Statue had been forwarded to the Coast Conservation and Coastal Resources Management Department for the approval procedure.
“Therefore, you are hereby informed to obtain the approval from the Coast Conservation and the Coastal Resources Management Department, before starting the work,” the letter stated.
However several news media, including national newspapers and online media claimed that the Jaffna Government Agent had halted the construction of the statue. Some reports also alleged that the Government Agent had links with the LTTE hence was acting in this manner.
Diviana Newspaper report: Which claimed that the Government Agent (GA) of Jaffna had put a stop to the construction of a Lord Buddha Statue