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Secretary Defence Visits ongoing Development Projects in Jaffna
[Updated :: 2011-08-27 10:15:28 Hours]

Secretary 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 to Jaffna.

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 markets.

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 its soldiers.

Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonatilake, Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya also joined the Secretary in his visit.

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