Defence Visits ongoing Development Projects in Jaffna
:: 2011-08-27 10:15:28 Hours]
Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in Jaffna on Thursday (25)
to get first hand information on the security situation and development
projects presently underway in the post-conflict Jaffna peninsula.
On his arrival in the Palaly airstrip, Commander Security Forces
Headquarters - Jaffna (SF-J) Maj. Gen. Mahinda Hathurusinghe received
the Secretary Defence before he was enlightened on the present situation
in Jaffna during the briefing at SF-J auditorium.
As the first phase of his two-day itinerary in Jaffna, Mr. Gotabaya
Rajapaksa visited Thelippalai Mahajana College to inspect the progress
of the construction of new three storied building for the school.
Funds for construction of this building, estimated to be around
Rs. 25 million, are found from donations given by personal friends
of the Secretary Defence at his request.
Then the visiting Secretary met newly-resettled fishery families
at Keeramalai. He listened to grievances of fishermen and gave instructions
to naval authorities to look into their difficulties and make all
arrangements possible to mitigate their problems in fishing. He
further advised the local fishermen not to cross the Indian border
and to avoid conflicts with Indian poachers.
Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa stopped for awhile at the Naguleshwaram Hindu
temple to have a friendly chat with some visitors from the south
Expansion work of the Kankesanthurai harbour was also observed by
the Secretary Defence who next took a keen interest to visit the
SF-J farm stretching over nearly 90 acres and providing vegetables
to soldiers serving in the Jaffna peninsula and also to outside
The following day (26), Secretary Defence went to see the Old Jaffna
Fort now being renovated to its former appearance by the Sri Lankan
government with Netherlands aid before he toured in Point Pedro
and Valvettithurai areas.
In the afternoon, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa met officers and other
ranks of the Veththalaikerny 55 Division and visited the housing
project which built permanent shelters for the newly resettled people
in Kevil area with funds received from well-wishers and philanthropists
coordinated by Commander, other officers and soldiers of the SF-J
through their personal relationships.
Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa impressed by the facilities, services and
maintenance of the “Thalsewana Holiday Resort” where he stayed,
admired the multi-skilled approach of the Headquarters SF-J and
Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonatilake, Commander
of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya also joined the
Secretary in his visit.