Burying Covid dead:Decision on final rites after dialogue

The United National Party (UNP) has stated that the Government should expedite the process to make a final decision on the final rites of the Covid-19 dead.

UNP Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardene, issuing a statement on the party’s stance on the matter, noted that the decision should be taken after reaching a consensus with all communities.

He further stated that the Government should prioritise the advice of the religious leaders while co-ordinating with all relevant sectors.

The relevant proposal was submitted to the Working Committee meeting on 23 December by Party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, and it has been agreed on unanimously, the statement noted.

It had added that the decision whether to cremate or bury their dead is a right of each community. 

The UNP is of the view that the Government should consult with Buddhist, Hindu, Catholic, and Muslim religious leaders before taking a decision.