Bank Lends Hands to Army in Community Development Work in Jaffna
[Updated :: 2010-11-01
Having reviewed the humanitarian projects being continuously carried
out by Security Forces-Jaffna for the Jaffna community, administration
of Commercial Bank has come forward to assist the Army in its welfare
programmes for people in the peninsula.
with the housing project for the homeless in Jaffna initiated by
Commander Security Forces-Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe,
the Commercial Bank, after exploring the feasibility of joining
hands with the Army, agreed to construct four houses for newly resettled
people in the 52 Division area.
of such well-finished houses with spacious rooms including kitchens
with tiled-pantry and electricity supply, constructed by 11th Vijayabahu
Infantry Regiment (VIR) soldiers of the 522 Brigade were handed
over to V. Premanathan and Alapiddi Rasa of Chavakachcheri during
a ceremony held at Kachchai Sunday (31.10.2010) morning. They had
been taking shelter in Kilinochchi welfare centres after being displaced
due to war. Commercial Bank financed the construction of houses
which cost around Rs. 800,000/=. The other two houses will be finished
soon for two more families.
Operating Officer of the Commercial Bank Mr. Ravi Dias addressing
the gathering disclosed his pleasure for having opportunity to help
needy people in Jaffna in association with the Army. The Bank donated
furniture, kitchenware, and many other domestic items worth nearly
about Rs. 25000/= to each house.
Affairs office of the 522 Brigade at the same time had arranged
another donation of sewing machines to four women who had earlier
been forcibly conscripted by the LTTE and later rehabilitated by
the government. Bureau of Commissioner General Rehabilitation gave
them a vocational training on sewing at Thelippalai rehabilitation
centre in Jaffna. Sri Sathya Sai Sewa Organization presided by Jaffna
District Court Judge Mr. R. Vasanthasenan sponsored the donation.
the same time, a stock of agriculture equipment was also distributed
among some farmers by the 522 Brigade with sponsorship of the Commercial
SF-J, during the same function, handed over the keys of four houses
hither to used by Army deployed in the area to their owners, Mr.
K.N. Ruban of Manipay, Mr. N. Paramanathan of Kodikamam, Mrs. D.
Navamani of Kandarmadam and Mr. Rajaratnam of Meesalai. Those houses
were in the possession of the terrorists before they fell into the
hands of the Army. Houses and surroundings were de-mined, cleaned
and renovated by the troops for civilians.
Sunday’s programme was made more interesting by dancing girls of
the Ramavil welfare centre and nearby schools.
Gen. Mahinda Hathurusinghe at the end of the function thanked and
encouraged officers and soldiers of the 11VIR who were involved
in construction of houses.
addition to distinguished guests from donor organizations, General
Officer Commanding 52 Division Brigadier Anura Sudhasinghe, Commander
522 Division Colonel Hemantha Bandara, Commanding Officer 11 VIR
and a large crowed were present.