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Army Commander provides home for Uduvil family

During the ceremony.
During the ceremony.

General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army during a visit to the SFHQ-J on Wednesday (3) was invited by the 51 Division HQ to symbolically warm and provide an Army-built new house to a widowed family in Uduvil, Jaffna.

The project, sponsored by the Church of the American Ceylon Mission in Jaffna was made a reality by 9 Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI) Regiment troops who volunteered with their manpower, technical and engineering expertise.

General Shavendra Silva, the Chief Guest - symbolically unveiled a plaque and handed over the keys to the beneficiary, Mahendrarasa Amirthamalar, a mother of two children of 32 and 20 years but has no proper shelter for living since her husband died of cancer about five years ago. The three-member family who leads a hand to mouth life was almost rendered homeless when the ground realities were brought to the attention of the 51 Division HQ some time ago.

The Army’s SFHQ-J to this date has erected 755 new houses in the peninsula after 2010 through their manpower and technical expertise. Sponsorships provided by the Government, Housing Authority, civil organisations, donors and Sri Lankan expatriates enabled Jaffna troops to build a record 556 such houses for needy families in the peninsula in the past. Army troops, using their funds, have so far erected 198 new houses for deserving families in the peninsula. Six more new houses are still under construction in Karainagar, Puttur East, Chandrapuram, Sanguveli and Wattirayan, including the new house, to be built for the ex-combatant in Chunnakam.

Major General Jagath Kodituwakku, Commander, Security Forces - Jaffna, Major General Chandana Wickramasinghe, General Officer Commanding, 51 Division and other Senior Officers were present. 

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