Hindu places of worship, in the Eastern Province, that were damaged during the separatist war are to be restored after more than 12 years. Funds for the renovation of damaged Hindu temples, in the Batticaloa and Ampara Districts, were distributed to the trustees of the temples at the Navatkuda Cultural Hall in Batticaloa on Saturday (07).
At a ceremony presided over by the Director of the Department of Hindu Cultural Affairs, Uma Maheswaran has said every year these allocations are made to temples affected by the conflict for renovation.
Rupees 12 million has been set apart for the renovation of 55 temples in the Batticaloa District, while Rs 2 million has been earmarked for the reconstruction of 16 temples in the Ampara District. At the same time, the Swami Vipulananda Memorial Hall at Karaitivu would be modified at a cost of Rs 2 million. The Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs and Batticaloa and Ampara Districts TNA Parliamentarians allocated the funds.
Ampara District Parliamentarian Kaventhira Kodeeswaran, Batticaloa District Parliamentarians G. Srinesan, MP S. Yogeswaran and S. Viyalendran, Batticaloa Government Agent M. Uthayakumar, Chairman, Rehabilitation of Persons Prosperity & Industry Authority (REPPIA) N. Annalingam, Secretary to the Ministry Pon Suresh, Additional Secretaries S. Senthinathan and S. Baskaran handed over the letters of authority to collect the funds from the respective Divisional Secretariats in the Batticaloa and Ampara Districts.