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 active service.
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