Secretary Defence visits Jaffna and Kilinochchi
Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa visiting the North took part in a series of events today (08th January).
Mr. Rajapaksa opened a new facility for children at the Harmony Centre in Kilinochchi. Fulfilling a long felt need the 'Kids Corner' will allow children who accompany the hundreds who patronize the 'Harmony Center' daily, a place to play and learn. The Harmony Centre is a multifunctional institute that provides a platform towards harmonious living by all communities. The centre houses different desks of multifaceted community development initiatives.
The construction of the facility was carried out by the Army.
The new Headquarters of the 52 Division in Mirusuwil was also declared open by Secretary Defence. The Headquarters was relocated to the new site in Mirusuwil from Warani in order to facilitate the handing over of land and buildings previously occupied by security forces back to their civilian owners in the Peninsula. The 52 Division was formed during the Riviresa Operation at Warani.
The 513 Brigade headquarters of the 51 Division was also declared open by Secretary Defence today. This Brigade was also formed during Operation Riviresa. The headquarters will now function from its new location in Keeramalai, while the land and buildings in its previous location in Uduvil will be released to their owners.
In keeping with the Government policy a large number of land and buildings occupied by the security forces during the war have now been returned to their rightful civilian owners. Up to now 41 plots of land including 39 houses in Warani alone have been handed over to legal owners.
A new two storied building complex built by Security Forces in Jaffna was declared open at the Palaly Military hospital today (08th January).
The complex includes a well equipped medical laboratory, Out Patients Department emergency unit, X-ray unit, pharmacy, and ward facility for patients. The construction of the complex was completely carried out by the security forces.
The new medical facility was ceremonially declared open by Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the presence of Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake and senior military officers.
Mr. Rajapaksa during his visit dropped in at the renovated Kilinochchi Base Hospital and looked into the welfare of the patients and the medical authorities there. The Secretary also visited the 522 Brigade Irattapalai, Kilaly and the 10 SLNG Battalion.
At Kilinochchi, Mr Rajapaksa opened the new 'Nelum Piyasa' Theatre building at the 9 Sri Lanka Signal Corps (SLSC) premises at Iranamadu. 'Nelum Piyasa' Theatre will provide an ideal platform for the security forces personnel to showcase their innate talents.
Meanwhile Mr. Rajapaksa also opened the new additions to the 'Thal Sevana' holiday resort in Jaffna. The popular holiday resort now boasts of 10 newly built additional rooms, gymnasium, a spacious restaurant and a banquet hall all housed in a two storied complex. 'Thal Sevana' is a hospitality venture of the Sri Lanka Army. The expansions project was wholly funded by the operational profits of the 'Thalsevana' resort.
Mr Rajapaksa visited the newly-unveiled life-size statue of 'Hasalaka Hero' Gamini Kularatne who sacrificed his life in order to save the lives of his colleagues and his camp at Elephant Pass during the terrorist war.
During the visit to the military installations and facilities Mr. Rajapaksa inquired into the welfare of the army personnel. He took time off to talk with them and also to look at the facilities provided for them.
Governor of the Northern Province Major General (Retd) G. A. Chandrasiri, Commander , Security Force Headquarters -Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Commander, Security Forces Headquarters -Kilinochchi Major General Udaya Perera were also present during Secretary's visit.
Report and pictures courtesy of Ministry of Defence and Urban Development