Extends Community Welfare Projects to Jaffna Islands
:: 2011-06-17 17:53:28 Hours]
Security Forces Headquarters - Jaffna (SF-J), expanding its community
welfare projects presently being carried out in Jaffna mainland
to Jaffna islands, a stock of agriculture equipment, school uniforms
and boat engines were distributed among civilians in Kayts and Punguduthivu
islands Friday (17). On concept of Commander Security Forces - Jaffna
(SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, 17th Battalion of the
Gemunu Watch that took over duties in Kayts last December (17 GW)
arranged the donation.
During a brief function held at the Kayts Divisional Secretariat
in this regard, agriculture equipment to the value of Rs. 75000/=
were given away to fifty farmers selected from Kayts, Mandathivu
and Punguduthivu islands.
To assist the fishing community in these islands, Commanding Officer
of the 17 GW Lieutenant Colonel Senaka Premavansa and his troops
donated boat engines to Fisheries Societies in Punguduthivu, Velanai,
Mandathivu, Thambadi and Nerenchimunai during the same function.
Total value of the stock is approximately Rs. 1 million.
Meanwhile, with sponsorship of Mr. S. Kirubanandan, an engineer
and Director of Seagull Residencies (Pvt) Ltd. Colombo, readymade
school uniforms were donated to 310 students of Nagadeepa Nagapusani
Primary school, Velanai Maha Vidyalaya and Mankumbhan Primary school
on the same occasion.
“I wish that activities of this nature will espouse good relations
among civilians, Army and the government. This is the first welfare
programme launched by the Army for islanders and Security Forces
Headquarters - Jaffna hopes to continue this in future,” General
Officer Commanding 51 Division Major General Janaka Walgama stated
at the function.
Divisional Secretary of Velanai Mr. P. Nandagopal during his vote
of thanks said, “We had to undergo lots of difficulties earlier
due to illegal activites. Now we live happily with peace ushered.
We must especially be thankful to Jaffna Commander for maintaining
a peaceful environment in Jaffna.”
of Velanai west Maha Vidyalaya Ms. Jayadevi Sri Kantharasa also
addressed the meeting. Students of Velanai central College presented
a cultural performance during the function while the western band
of St. Anthony’s College Kayts received the invited guests.
Principal of St. Anthony’s College Rev. Fr. James Singarayar Hindu
and Catholic priests, government officials, officers of Army, Navy
and Police and a large number of civilians were present.