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WVMS - avenue for war veterans, their families to resolve issues

• Uththama Pooja mobile service
• Defence Secretary to resolve issues of war veteran families
Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne addressing the gathering.
Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne addressing the gathering.

The second phase of the ‘War Veterans Mobile Service’ (WVMS) was held in Saliyapura, Anuradhapura on October 2.

Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said on the occasion that a ‘public division’ will be set up at the Internal Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management State Ministry to mediate and facilitate war veterans and their families’ issues along with Divisional Secretariats/District Secretariats and Grama Niladaris.

“I will also mediate to resolve these issues,” he said, “Bring your issues to us, we are open for you.”

Referring to Ragama ‘Ranaviru Sevana’ Wellness Resort, which “differently-abled war veterans usually arrive to obtain quality prosthetic limbs, he said that the Army will set up a similar facility at the Abhimansala, Anuradhapura to facilitate the regional differently-abled war heroes.

“We will set up a similar facility in every Abhimansala,” he said adding that another military hospital is constructed in Kandy to ease the congestion.

“I have instructed the Defence Ministry’s Seva Vanitha Unit President (SVU) to raise funds for the ‘Api Wenuwen Api’ housing project,” He said that the Tri-forces SVUs Presidents’ presence is imperative in the selection board of Api Wenuwen Api’ housing project beneficiaries as previously practised.

Maj. Gen. Gunaratne said that the participants were gathered to address and resolve administrative and welfare-related issues as a tribute to their beloved son, father or husband, whoever has sacrificed their lives and limbs to safeguard the motherland.

He said that although many have claimed the credit of the victory over the LTTE, parents of war veterans who permitted their children to join the battle must receive the honour.

“Following a discussion with the President, I resumed this noble ‘Uththama Pooja’ programme, which had gone unnoticed during the past, to signify how treasured they are,” he said.

“I have summoned representatives of all related state sector institutions and Tri-forces while placing respective desks to resolve your issues,” he said.

Ranaviru Seva Authority Chairman Maj. Gen. (Retd) Nandana Senadeera, Defence Staff Acting Chief and Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, Air Force Commander Air Marshal Sumangala Dias, Police Acting Inspector General Chandana Wickramaratne, Hela Ranaviru Balamuluwa members, senior military and police officers and a large gathering of war hero families were present.