President hands over 'Sathwiru Sanhinda' houses to War Heroes
[May 10 2017]
President Maithripala Sirisena was the chief guest at
the 'Sathwiru Sanhinda' house handing over ceremony held at the Ape Gama
in Battaramulla today (10th Wednesday, May 2017).
State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene and
Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi were
also present at the occasion.
Making a brief welcome address, Secretary
Hettiarachchi welcomed the distinguished guests and highlighted the
objectives of the noble project.
Speaking at the event President Sirisena highlighted
that providing welfare and honour for war heroes is an utmost charitable
cause to attend on the Vesak Poya Day.
President said that, each and every person who values
peace, democracy, independence and territorial integrity of the country
should always respect and honour the war heroes who defeated the
ruthless terrorist from the nation. Focusing on ongoing welfare projects
for war heroes and their family members, President noted that the
welfare projects that conducts by the Ministry of Defence have
significantly increased during the last two and half years.
Further speaking president said that, number of
training and development for military forces have also been increased to
raise standards and knowledge of military personnel who are currently on
In conclusion president said that the service rendered
by the military personnel in protecting the country will always be in
our hearts and minds, and will always uplift the ongoing welfare
projects for the benefit of war heroes.
During the ceremony, 90 fully built houses, 503 partly
funded houses and 65 land plots were presented to family members of
fallen War Heroes, disable War Heroes and to a section of selected
serving security forces personnel.
Api Wenuwen Api fund, state funds for the Sathwiru
Sanhinda project, financial allocations for ministry and financial
allocations for security forces sponsored the fully built houses, partly
funded houses, land plots and scholarships projects respectively.
Chairperson of the Seva Vanitha Unit of the Ministry
of Defence Mrs. Wasantha Gunawardena, Chief of Defence Staff, tri forces
commanders, Director General of CSD, Chairperson of the Ranaviru Seva
Authority, senior MoD officials, senior military officers and
beneficiaries with their family members were present at the occasion.