Apr 09, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today pledged that his government will take every possible action to provide facilities for the brave war heroes who fulfill their duties towards the country.
He made these remarks participating as the Commander in Chief at the passing out parade of Maduraoya Special Forces Training School (SFTS) on Monday (09).
President Sirisena, addressing the gathering, said the security forces not only should be armed with fire power but also with knowledge, skill and creativity to perform well and added that he would provide every possible comfort and privilege in order to fulfill that.
The President also reminded the graduates the importance of maintaining discipline at all levels despite constraints.
Seven officers and 189 other rankers who had successfully completed the Special Forces (SF) Basic Training Course at SFTS passed out today.
The occasion was colored by parachute jumps, scintillating performances and band displays.
W.M.K.R. Wanigassoriya was selected as the best performed student and the best physical activity student while Lieutenant E.M.P.D. Ekanayake was selected as the best shooter obtaining awards from the President.
The Chief Guest paid a special tribute to all fallen, disable and serving Special Forces members and pointed out dignity and pride, associated with the Special Forces.
A Na sapling was planted in the premises of Special Forces Training School (SFTS) in Maduru oya to mark the visit by President Sirisena, who also viewed the herbal plants around the area.
Kapila Waidyaratne, Secretary to the Ministry of Defense, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, Chief of Defense Staff, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Commandant of the SFTS Colonel M T U Mahalekam, and other officials joined this event.
Later on the President attended the opening of the newly built building at Catholic Church in Maduru Oya fisheries' village.
The building was constructed at a cost of Rs 6 million, under the provisions developing religious places under 'Pibidemu Polonnaruwa' District Development Project.
The President paid attention to several issues regarding the housing facilities and problems of people in the fisheries village and he further said that he will take actions to solve these problems.
The President instructed the officers to inspect and fulfill the educational problems of children, health issues and other welfare needs.