11th November 2017 09:29:37 Hours
With the intention of promoting good relations and understanding, the newly-appointed Security Forces – East (SF-E), Commander, Major General Santhusitha Pananwala recently met a cross-section of religious, community, administrative and civilian leaders separately in the district at the SFHQ-East conference hall.
Major General Santhusitha Pananwala had a discussion with religious leaders, community leaders and professionals of the Muslim community in Batticaloa district with a view to understanding perceptions of each community and strengthening peaceful co-existence between ethnic groups.
In accordance with the directions given by the Commander of the Army, this forum was an initiative to promote understanding between different communities and enhance ethnic harmony through promotion of new Community Engagement Projects designed for Sustainable Development Goals in Sri Lanka (SDGs).
During the meeting, the Commander SF-E insisted the need to have effective communication between ethnic groups and to engage with all communities to achieve those goals in Sri Lanka. Projects for Leadership programmes for the school prefects, Organic waste compost projects, Greenhouse and Plant Nursery projects and projects to enhance sporting skills of the youth in Batticaloa were among issues. In response, the Muslim leaders came up with the suggestion to conduct awareness programmes against drug menace in the area and agreed upon to develop a roadmap to obtain sustainability and ethnic harmony among all.
The attendees including religious leaders, community leaders and professionals of the Muslim community agreed upon to provide full support to implement these community-related projects, in response to the Commanders views. They also paid their gratitude to the Commander SF-E for organizing this kind of forum to enhance the understanding between stake-holders and communities.
Mr. M L Athram Bawa, Chief Trustee Anvar Masjith, Mr. M I M Raheem JP, Senior Member of Mosque Federation Kattakudi, Mr. Rasheed Hajiar, President, Nuha Foundation along with religious leaders, community leaders and professionals of the Muslim community Batticaloa district, GOC 23 Division and Senior Staff Officers attended the meeting.