Special Program for Welfare of Retired War Heroes

Special Program for Welfare of Retired War Heroes

by Zulfick Farzan 22-05-2024 | 7:21 PM

COLOMBO (News 1st); President Ranil Wickremesinghe announced the implementation of a new program aimed at improving the living conditions of retired security forces members.

The President highlighted that, in the absence of a dedicated program, some veterans have faced difficult situations. Consequently, the President has directed the State Minister of Defence, the Ministry of Defence, and the Ranaviru Seva Authority to give special attention to this matter.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe made this statement today, (22), during the inauguration of the headquarters complex of the Sri Lanka Ex-Servicemen’s Association, also known as the ‘Home of Veterans,’ located at Defence Ministry Avenue, Akuregoda, Battaramulla.

The President emphasized the government’s commitment to the welfare of retired war heroes, announcing that those residing in war hero villages will be granted free land rights under the ‘Urumaya’ National Program.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe also revealed plans to introduce Special Provisions for the Defence Act, legalize the National Defence Council, and establish the Armed Forces Committee.

Additionally, he announced the establishment of the Sri Lanka Institute of Strategic Studies, which will offer opportunities for active service members, retirees, and civilians to study war tactics.