Darshana Hettiarrachchi who held the office of the Commander Security
Force (Jaffna) more than two years and relinquished the appointment
on 15th July 2019 to assume duties as the Head of National Action
Plan on Preventing and Countering Religious Radicalization, Violent
Extremism and Terrorism which is functioning under the Ministry
of Defence. Prior to leaving Jaffna, outgoing Commander Security
Force - Jaffna, visited 51, 52 and 55 Divisions and Forward Maintenance
Area (North), Kankesanthurai and addressed the troops. He offered
his gratitude to All Ranks serving in respective formations for
their high standard of professionalism maintained during the past
years and assistance extended to maintain a peaceful environment
in the peninsula. On the 13th July, he was extended a Guard of
Honour at the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna by the troops
of 10 Field Engineer Regiment.
Before being appointed the Commander Security Force - Jaffna on
28th March 2017, Major General Darshana Hettiarrachchi commanded
the Security Force (East) of the Army and he has held many responsible
command and staff appointments in the Army and has followed number
of local and foreign courses.
Since the day he took over the office as the Commander Security
Force - Jaffna, Major General Darshana Hettiarrachchi took special
concern in uplifting the standard of training of Officers and
Other Ranks to improve their quality as professional soldiers.
Infrastructure facilities for training were improved and training
opportunities for Officers and Other Ranks were widened. The First
Ever Inter Battalion Quiz Competition for Officers, Map Reading
and Fieldcraft Competition, Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency
System (PACES) Competition, Pistol Firing Competition, Inter-Battalion
Platoon and Battalion Support Weapons Competition and Battle obstacle
and Assault Competition were organized and conducted upon his
Accordingly, as the Commander Security Force - Jaffna, he initiated
numerous programmes to empower the hidden talents and build up
the cohesion between Officers and Other Ranks in the Jaffna peninsula.
The First Ever Jaffna Got Talent (Singing Star and Dancing Star),
Compering Star Competition, Mr. Jaffna (Best Physique) Competition,
Jaffna Food Festival and Northern Speed Rally made a decent impression
of his novel concepts.
At the same time, he looked into the welfare of soldiers serving
in Jaffna in many spheres and launched a number of welfare projects.
Under his directions number of Water Treatment Plants were installed
to provide purified drinking water for the troops, distributed
Tractors and Motorbikes for the Formations and Army Farm, and
constructed a new Two Storied Building at the Warrant Officers'
and Sergeants Mess and New Kitchen for the Other Ranks' Mess at
Security Force Headquarters.
In order to build up religious harmony in Jaffna peninsula, he
extended the assistance to facilitated religious functions at
Hindu temples, Cristian Churches within the Palaly Army Cantonment
extending necessary assistance to temple authorities and providing
facilities to devotees participating in those festivals. He was
recognized and praised by both local and international community
and especially by the diplomats for his efforts made to uplift
the living standards of the deserving people in Jaffna. During
his tenure he initiated number of social welfare projects and
donation programmes in which constructed total of 229 houses,
total of 122 toilets, renovated 04 tanks and donated total of
1296 ration packs to needy people. Since the initiation of land
releasing and resettlement process by the Sri Lanka Army, he took
forward theland releasing process to release
a considerable amount of land and property to the rightful owners
in Jaffna peninsula.
With view of uplifting the education in Jaffna district many programmes
were organized under his directions to donate total of 540 scholarships,
total of 4777 stationery packs and school items and total of 434
bicycles for the students from low-income families. Under his
guidance, many donors extended their assistance to donate total
of 42 artificial limbs and 76 wheelchairs for differently abled
people, conducted 10 medical camps for needy people in cooperation
with Jaffna Teaching Hospital and completed Cataract Surgery for
20 deserving persons.
He initiated many reforestation projects to cultivate Coconut
trees and Palmyra trees in Jaffna peninsula. The coastal conservation
project was conducted upon his directions to plant coconut seedlings
along the coastal lines of Jaffna peninsula. Accordingly a total
number of 34556 Coconut seedlings were distributed and cultivated
within Jaffna peninsula covering thousands of acres in order to
support the livelihood of civilians and benefit their domestic
economy. These projects definitely benefitted the civil community
in Northern Province and that were shares of the process of promoting
peace and reconciliation. Major General Dharshana Hettiarrachchi,
for his untiring effort to assist the civil community in Northern
Province, was highly praised and appreciated by the Governor Northern
Province, Government Agent, Government Officials and all Religious
Dignitaries in many occasions.
The outgoing Commander Security Force Jaffna placed his signature
in the Visitors' Book to mark his victorious tenure at the Security