the ethnicity, we all suffered a lot in the past due to terrorism.
Now it is the time to forget that dark era and to unite as one
nation to usher a new era in the country”, said the Commander
Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe
addressing a crowd of civilians attending a function organized
to launch community welfare projects at Makiapiddy on Wednesday
A series of
welfare activities have been organized by the Civil Affairs Office
of the Uduvil-based 513 Brigade and a bank loan scheme for 25
reintegrated ex-LTTE combatants from Santhililppay and Thelippalai
areas for livelihood programmes. After a discussion with the Deputy
General Manager (DGM) of the Bank of Ceylon (BoC) Mr. K.E.D. Sumanasiri,
Civil Affairs Office of the 513 Brigade arranged the loan scheme
for ex-combatants to start self employment projects. At the first
phase, each one was offered Rs. 50000/=. Commander SF-J and distinguished
guests handed over the cheques to 25 ex-combatants during the
function held at Makiapiddy Wednesday (11) morning. The balance
of Rs. 200,000/= will be given in future.
Hathurusinghe requested the reintegrated youths to forget their
past and step into a new world with positive attitudes to engage
in economic development activities.
in Tamil Diaspora are now in the process of undermining the hard-earned
peace in the country. Instead of disturbing peace now being enjoyed
by people of Sri Lanka, those groups must come forward to help
destitute people to make their life better using money being wasted
on creating dissension among communities in Sri Lanka,” SF-J Commander
On the same
occasion, a new house built by the troops of 513 Brigade was donated
to Mrs. Sellathurai Vimalawathi, a widow with two children from
Makiapiddy, Santhilippay. Since the death of her husband about
three years ago, Vimalawathi had been living in a temporary shed
. Troops of the 14th Battalion the Gemunu Watch (14 GW) constructed
the house worth of about Rs. 300000/= for her with lavish support
of donors. Commander SF-J handed over the key and domestic utensils
to the recipient.
84 kids of four pre-schools in Alaveddy area were given sets of
uniforms, shoes and exercise books as New Year gifts to use in
the next term to begin after the Sinhala Hindu New Year festival.
students who are sitting the Grade 5 scholarship examination this
year were given parcels of exercise books.
Rev. Thavarasa Dharmarasa Aiyar, Rev. Fr. Jude Sutharshan, General
Officer Commanding 51 Division Brigadier Piyal Wickramarathne,
DGM BoC Mr. K.E.D. Sumanasiri, Commander 513 Brigade Brigadier
Pradeep Silva, Divisional Secretary Santhilippay Mr. S. Muralitharan,
DSI Company Regional Distributor Mr. R. Jeyaraja, Grama Niladhari
Makiapiddy Mr. J. Nithyanathan, Manger BoC Chunnakam Mr. P. Balakumar
and civilians of the area were present.