Oct 10, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today emphasized that he is committed to protect the country from any recurrence of acts of terrorism or religious extremism and urged all Sri Lankans to extend their support to move forward the country in the correct path, under the notion of ‘one country and one law without corruption’.
Addressing a ceremony held at the Gajaba Regiment Headquarters, Saliyapura, Anuradhapura, today (10) to mark the 72nd Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Army, the President assured that steps would be taken to amend the Constitution and introduce a new electoral system as promised to the people.
President Rajapaksa said that corruption and fraud would not be tolerated and that all officials should work for the people by making a commitment in this regard.
The President noted that although the economy had fallen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a large number of works have been done for the benefit of the people during that period.
“The armed forces in the world are committed not only to war but also to nation building. Our Tri-forces extended their support to the health sector in carrying out the vaccination drive and quarantine process in order to control the spread of COVID-19,” President Rajapaksa said expressing gratitude to everyone for their commitment in this regard.
Over the past two years, national security has been given the priority by uplifting the self-esteem of the three Armed Forces and the Intelligence Services, by properly delegating their respective duties, he said.
The Sri Lanka Army was established under the Army Act No. 17 of 1949. The Sri Lanka Army consists of 25 infantry, support and service regiments which have played a major role to ensure the security of the country.
The ceremony was organized adhering to health guidelines. President Rajapaksa inaugurated the newly constructed drill ground at the Gajaba Regiment Camp at Saliyapura and handed it over to the war heroes. Later, the President observed the parade.
After addressing the gathering, the President paid tribute to the statue of Major General Vijaya Wimalaratne at the Gajaba Regiment Headquarters and paid a courtesy call on the Regiment Headquarters.
President Rajapaksa inaugurated the new administrative building and stadium of the Gajaba Regiment Headquarters and laid the foundation stone for the pavilion. The President inspected the quarters of junior and senior rank officers and the military vehicles that had been repaired and put into operation by the Engineering Corps of the Gajaba Regiment.
Army Commander General Shavendra Silva presented a memento to the President marking his visit to the Gajaba Regiment Headquarters.
President Rajapaksa placed a note on the book for the special guests and planted a sapling marking his visit to the Gajaba Regiment Headquarters.
Defense Secretary General (Retired) Kamal Gunaratne, Chief of Defense Staff and Army Commander General Shavendra Silva and Army Chiefs were also present on the occasion.