The Army Urges Disgruntled Elements to Keep the Organization Off
It has been observed that certain elements with
malicious and vested interests and hidden agendas are currently engaged
in an organized vilification of the Army, particularly with the motive
of demoralizing, and misleading its soldiers and tarnishing its image.
In the most recent past, it has been done by way of spreading or
publishing unfounded and fabricated stories of vicious nature in all
types of media when it relates to foreign allowances, rations, payments
for disabled War Heroes, etc, to highlight a few.
Firstly, the Army would like to place following facts
in correct perspective in regard to allocation and payment of foreign
allowances to Army Officers proceeding on overseas training assignments.
In keeping with the circular, specifying the provision
of such allowances to overseas-bound tri-service officers for training
assignments, all those payment are also done only after scrutiny of
terms in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that has been signed
between the overseas host and the Sri Lanka Army before the departure of
the attendee. Many such overseas assignments, implemented through the
goodwill that prevail between the host and the Sri Lanka Army, generally
provide board and lodging and other facilities gratis or a living
allowance, quite sufficient to the attendee for stay during the
The Army has also already taken measures to clear a
backlog of Rs 200 m, remained in arrears earlier as foreign allowances
for the years 2016 / 2017 in coordination with the Ministry of Defence
(MOD) by January 2018.
Likewise, a novel project that has been launched on an
experimental basis with the good intention of providing each soldier
with a nutritious lunch when on duty has also been found misinterpreted
giving a distorted version.
Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the
Army after perusing a recent report of the nutritionists at the Colombo
Army Hospital and elsewhere under the ongoing 'Healthy Army - Healthy
Nation' (HAHN) project, directed authorities to introduce a pilot
project among members serving the Security Force Headquarters - West (SFHQ-West)
to improve the physical health state of each serving soldier by way of
providing All Ranks, including those living outside with a sumptuous and
nutritious lunch when on duty.
This pilot project was also prompted after medical
authorities and nutritionists recommended each soldier be supplemented
with 3500 - 4000 calories per day, considering the need for his / her
physical fitness for duties.
Accordingly, this new scheme purely on the basis of
providing a healthy lunch to All Ranks came into effect only within the
formations of the SFHQ-West on experimental basis, effective from 1
January 2018. Deduction of the expenditure for this new ration
arrangement were to be made against the salary of each soldier living
outside, based only on the number of consumed lunch portions every
month. However, those still wishing to bring their lunch daily from home
were exempted from this scheme, if they so desire. Nevertheless,
concerns or any other grievances to that effect are still being
addressed by respective Commanding Officers on request since this
project was just launched. Therefore, a question of any salary deduction
does not arise as alleged and misinterpreted.
It is also regretted to note that some
politically-manipulated elements with vested interests are found behind
regularly organized street protests of some disabled War Heroes or
members of their families, although their issues have been resolved to a
large extent with 100% increase in their pension and disabled payments.
Those elements, serving different political agendas
were also screened abusing a video commercial that has been produced
solely by the Army for promotion of its image and the recruitment drive,
now underway. This also amounts to an act that brings discredit to
hundreds of War Heroes who truly defended the country's sovereignty and
peace and a deliberate attempt to associate the Army with political
The Sri Lanka Army, now fully committed to the
national security and nation-building roles of the country as the most
sought service provider with strict focus on concerns of reconciliation
and development, therefore appeals all segments of our society to keep
the Army off from their machination and all acts of intentional
vilification and public ridicule for the greater benefit of the
Courtesy: Army Media Unit