13th February 2017 13:50:48 Hours
A combined effort of the 62 Division troops of the Security Force Headquarters - Wanni (SFHQ-W) with sponsorship provided by private donors saw four more new houses, built at Veheratenna resettled village in the Wanni, were vested in four most-needed families during a brief ceremony held on Saturday (11).
Medical Specialist at Balapitiya Hospital, Dr Arunajith Peiris and his family members, Dr Preethikala Peiris, Ms Deepika Peiris, Ms Gothami Sagarika Peiris and Mrs Padmini Peiris volunteered to sponsor the construction of those four houses at the request of Ven Bogambara Rathanajothi Thero, Chief Incumbent, Sri Dhammarama Viharaya, Nugegoda who also took a similar initiative several months back.
Excellent manpower and professional expertise, extended by 26 Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR), 11 Gemunu Watch (GW), 17 (V) Sri Lanka National Guard (SLNG) and 14 (V) Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI) troops of the 62 Division, commanded by Major General B.H.M.A Wijesinghe, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 62 Division, brought the project to successful completion before the expected deadline.
The concept of construction of houses for both needy families and deserving soldiers in the Army as one more welfare measure of the Army came into effect as a result of an initiative, taken by the Commander of the Army early in the year 2015 and the ongoing project, has so far built more than two digit numbers of houses across the country.
The house-warming ceremony at Veheratenna and formal handover of the houses to beneficiaries took place in the presence of Ven Bogambara Rathanajothi Thero, a few other Buddhist monks, Dr Arunajith Peiris and family members. Major General B.H.M.A Wijesinghe on behalf of the Wanni Commander coordinated the entire project and represented him at the opening ceremony, together with several senior officers and other rankers who laboured to erect them. Each house has cost the donors about Rs 4 lakhs.
Amid chanting of Seth Pirith, house recipients cut a ribbon and warmed their houses after observing traditional rituals, like milk pot boiling, etc. A representative gathering of the Sri Dhammarama Vihara Dayaka Sabha and its Social Service Foundation also attended the ceremony along with officers and other rankers of different Battalions and Brigades in the area.
On the same occasion, 62 Division, the GOC gifted special packs of cutlery and other accessories to all four families soon after they took charge of their Army-built houses.
A large crowd of Veheratenna re-settlers were present during the opening ceremony.