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Army Extends Community Welfare Projects to Jaffna Islands
[Updated :: 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.”

Principal 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.

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