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President assures Constitutional Amendments

No excuses will be proffered
Extend support to take country forward
No leeway for corruption and fraud
New Electoral System as promised

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday assured that action would be taken to amend the Constitution and introduce a new Electoral System to the people as promised. President Rajapaksa said corruption and fraud would not be tolerated and that all officials should work for the people by making a commitment in this regard. The Government will not offer any excuses but will forge ahead with its development and welfare drive, he added.

President Rajapaksa was addressing a ceremony as the chief guest at the Sri Lanka Army’s 72nd Anniversary event at the Gajaba Regiment Headquarters in Saliyapura, Anuradhapura yesterday.

President Rajapaksa urged all Sri Lankans to extend their support to take the country forward under the ‘One Country, One Law’ slogan without corruption.

“The economy had fallen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, a large number of projects have been done for the benefit of the people during that period.

The Armed Forces are committed not only to defending the nation 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,” the President said. President Rajapaksa expressed gratitude to everyone for their commitment in this regard.

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 new 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. Defence Secretary General (Retired) Kamal Gunaratne, Chief of Defence Staff and Army Commander General Shavendra Silva and top Army officers were present.

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. Over the past two years, national security has been given priority by uplifting the self-esteem of the three Armed Forces and the Intelligence Services, by properly delegating their respective duties.

The President emphasized that he was committed to protecting the country from any acts of terrorism or religious extremism.

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.


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