Security Forces Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe on
Saturday (16) urged Tamil Diaspora and other interested parties
to have an optimistic view on the government’s effort taken to
develop Jaffna and appreciate Army’s welfare work for the poor
Hathurusinghe expressed those ideas addressing a gathering senior
government officials and puttur villagers present on the occasion
of handing over the new house constructed by the Army for a low
income family in Puttur East.
“It is my
opinion that they can do a better service to Jaffna if they use
the money that they waste on traveling to Europe to spread distorted
stories, which tarnish the image of the country, to build some
houses for destitute families in Jaffna,” SF-J Commander said.
“Despite criticism of such groups with political motives, Army
in post war Jaffna will continue its welfare service for Jaffna
community,” he added.
Security Forces – Jaffna this week handed over another house constructed
by the Army under its Housing Project for Jaffna low income families
to its recipient. The house was constructed by the 5th Sri Lanka
Light Infantry (5 SLLI) of Atchuvely for Mr. S. Viknesvaran, an
unemployed father of three of Puttur East.
work commenced in early February this year on request of Mr. Viknesvaran
who brought his poor living standard to the notice of Commander
511 Brigade Colonel Wijendra Goonathilake. The 5 SLLI serving
under the 511 Brigade undertake the task of building a house for
him and completed the Rs. 500,000 worth house within six weeks.
organized to hand over the house was attended by Rev. Fr. Vincent
of Kopay Catholic Church, the General Officer Commanding 51 Division
Brigadier Chandana Gunawardane, Commander 511 Brigade Colonel
Wijendra Goonathilake, Commander 5 SLLI Lieutenant Colonel G.A.L.
Kithsiri, principal Kopay College of Education Mr. Yoganathan,
principal Puttur Methodist Mission Tamil Mixed school Mr. Kugathasan
and many others.
SF-J has so
far built 1782 houses for poor families in Jaffna.