Cadets Begin Their District Training in Jaffna
:: 2011-07-07 17:20:10 Hours]
“We must always remember that government servants are paid with
public money. So we are bound to give the maximum service to people.
As you are going to be administrative officials of the country,
you must be mindful of your responsibilities towards people. I would
like to remind you of advice given by His Excellency the President
to public servants in the recent past. His Excellency highlighted
three points to ponder. They are punctuality, commitment and reducing
power distance,” said Commander Security Forces Headquarters – Jaffna
(SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe addressing the latest
batch of Sri Lanka Administrative Service (SLAS) Cadets who commenced
their District Training as a supplement to the whole training programme.
Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe attending the preliminary session of the
workshop on Monday (04) at invitation of the Government Agent Jaffna
Mrs. Emelda Sukumar further said that to make the administrative
machinery becomes efficient and effective, a change of attitude
is a must. SF-J Commander also dwelled upon that such training will
enhance their knowledge, skills and attitude to discharge a better
service to the country and its citizens. He reminded them of some
eminent administrative officials who rendered a yeoman service to
the country and urged the new batch of 145 SLAS Cadets to follow
them as examples.
It is customary for SLAS Cadets to obtain their District Training
at various District Secretariats around the island. However, as
a result of dialogue of Mrs. Emelda Sukumar with the Civil Administrative
authorities in Colombo, all members of this batch got opportunity
to be part of the training in Jaffna district for the first time.
It is expected that opportunity of serving Jaffna will enhance the
Cadets’ knowledge on Tamil language, Hindu culture and lifestyle
in Jaffna. The period they are assigned to be in Jaffna is significant
because Jaffna will have its local government election on 23rd instant
and they will be able to experience what responsibilities an administrative
officer has to bear during an election period.
Governor Northern Province Major General (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri
and a few senior administrative officials from Colombo and Jaffna
addressed the gathering.