President Maithripala Sirisena says he would not let any war hero who are retired or in the service, to become helpless.
“The current government is dedicated to improve the quality and the strength of the security forces”, he said.
The President was speaking at the second phase of the program to present the Virusara Privilege card for War Heroes, held today (June 27) at the Rajarata Vidyalaya, Hingurakgoda.
The Virisara Privilege cards are offered to those who have completed the 22years service in the security forces from 1983 to 2009, and to the retired officers of tri forces and the police.
The President pointed out that the government’s objective to introduce this card is to protect the dignity of the war heroes. He emphasized that the government will not neglect the responsibility to ensure the welfare of the war heroes and their families. “We will pay attention on the common issues as well as the personal problems of them, and take actions to solve them”, he said.
President Sirisena said he completely rejects the allegations states that the government is removing security camps by weakening the security forces.
He recalled that one leader made a statement that the explosion of the Shalava Armory in Kosgama happened due to the weakness of the courage of the security forces. “This is not the first time when a thing like this happened. There were larger explosions than this before as well”, he said.
The President symbolically handed over the Virusara Varaprasada card. The contributions for this program by the private institutions were presented to the President at this occasion. The President also presented the housing loans, symbolizing the housing loan program created for the war heroes of the North-Central Province.
Minister, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijeywardena, Member of Parliament Nalaka Kolonne, Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Secretary to the State Ministry of Defense A. P. P. Kithsiri, Chief of Defense Staff, Commandors of the Tri Forces, Director general of the Civil Security Force Chandrarathne Pallegama and the Chairman of the Ranaviru Seva Authority Anoma Fonseka were among those participated in this event.