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“You Have Opportunity to Join the Army & Serve the Country” – SF-J Commander Tells Jaffna Youths

[2012-11-21 12:40:25]

Commander Security Forces Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe on Tuesday (20) said that avenues are open for Jaffna youths to join the Army and serve their country. Addressing a gathering of clergy, government officials, teachers, students and youths, SF-J Commander invited Jaffna youths to join the Army and give their service to the motherland.

“Tamil youths did not get opportunity to join the Army in the recent past not because of the government’s or anyone’s fault but they were forcefully prevented doing so by the LTTE with separatist ideology. Now you have no restriction or discrimination to select soldiering as your profession. About 100 Tamil girls from Kilinochchi were enlisted recently as women soldiers”, Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe said. He expressed these ideas after handing over a newly built house, gift from the Army to a poor family in Alaveddy.

Mr. Gurusami Sunthara Ravin of Alaveddy Central, who was living in a temporary hut with his mother and three children started a new life in his new house constructed by soldiers of the 14th Gemunu Watch (14 GW) serving in Chunnakam on Tuesday, November 20th. Key of the new residence consisting of the living room, two bedrooms and a storeroom was handed over to the recipient by Commander SF-J Maj. Gen. Mahinda Hathurusinghe during a function held at Alaveddy.

Army, with assistance of their donors and friends collected materials and constructed the house within two months for the family. The 14 GW Battalion, 513 Brigade and the Headquarters 51 Division also contributed to collect funds and necessary materials for construction which was completed with the labour of 14 GW soldiers. Since Gurusami’s wife had separated from him some time back, his 9 year old daughter and two sons of 7 and 4 are being looked after by their grandmother.

This new house was built under the housing project initiated by Commander SF-J Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe for homeless families of Jaffna and this is the 1780th such house. The three children were also given parcels of school items from the Army.

On the same occasion, the 513 Brigade donated wheelchairs to two disable women, Mrs. Nagamani Vijayaluxmy of Mallakam Central and Ms Sinnathurai Kamalathevi of Mallakam North. The donation of wheelchairs, each worth about Rs. 30000/= was arranged by the Civil Affairs Officer 51 Division Lieutenant Colonel Rohan Silva.

Meanwhile, eighteen students of J / Pandithirippu Jasintha school were given parcels of school items including school bags, books and other necessary items purchased by the Brigade at the cost of Rs. 75000/=.

On guidance of Commander 513 Brigade Brigadier Pradeep de Silva, Civil Affairs Officer 513 Brigade Lieutenant Colonel Sarath Amarasinghe initiated the construction of the house and coordinated the other donations.

Commander Security Forces Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Commanding Officer 14 GW Lieutenant Colonel M.G.G.W. Rohan, Assistant Director (Planning) Thelippalai Divisional Secretariat Mr. s. Sivkumar, Administrative Officer Thelippalai Divisional Secretariat Mr. S. Thirisenthinathanan, principal and teachers of Pandithirippu Jasintha school and Development Committee members also attended the ceremony.

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