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Commander Recognizes '5S Excellence Special Award' of Ranaviru Apparels War Heroes

The Ranaviru Apparels at Yakkala, managed by the Army where more than 460 disable War Heroes produce complete uniform sets for use in the Army, has gained world-class recognition with the award of ‘5S Excellence Special Award,’ on the recommendation of the Japanese 5S Guru Prof. Seiichi Fujitha and the team.

Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander of the Army, on being informed of this achievement of disable War Heroes, paid a visit to the Ranaviru Apparels on Monday (28), with the intention of extending his best wishes and greetings to its management and the workforce who are used to produce 1000 uniform sets per day.                

Sri Lanka Army, in early 2010, introduced the worldwide acclaimed 5S practice as a productivity improvement rule to the Ranaviru Apparels factory with a new strategy, and managed to enter the Taiki Akimoto 5S Competition, early this year.

Up until now, more than 550 companies and institutes in both public and private sector in Sri Lanka, have taken part in this 5S Competition.

Differently able soldiers in the Ranaviru Apparels this year competed with 95 leading business ventures in Sri Lanka to be successfully selected to the final round.

The final audition, carried out by the Japanese Guru himself, recognized the efforts of the Sri Lanka Army Ranaviru Apparels and qualified it to receive the ‘5S Excellence Special Award’ at a special ceremony, held recently at Colombo Galadari Hotel where the Japanese Guru opined that Sri Lanka’s disable soldiers were practising and maintaining unbelievable and amazing 5S standards in the industry.          

Before the Commander’s interaction with the Ranaviru Apparels management and the workers who have been promoting national productivity and efficient administration network after the victory of 30 years long separatist war, Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya received a comprehensive account of the function of the factory as the first item on the day’s agenda. Afterwards, the Commander, Lieutenant General Jayasuriya and Mrs Manjulika Jayasuriya, President Seva Vanitha Army Branch went to see the billets of the War Heroes working there and saw for themselves the standards being maintained in the premises. Impressed with the clean, clutter free surroundings, the well-organized and standardized production system, the Commander insisted the importance of sustenance of the status quo and further promotion of collective responsibility and efforts with the objective of contributing towards the macroeconomic development of the country in the long run.

Later on, the Commander freely moved about and shared a couple of views with the factory’s supervisors, fabric cutters, production managers, quality surveyors, human rights section officials, security personnel et al, in order to learn more about the run of this state of the art Army managed factory.

The Commander on arrival at the factory premises was welcomed by Brigadier E.M.G Wickramanayake, Commandant at Ranaviru Apparels.

The visiting Army Chief was greeted with a Guard Turnout at the entrance to the complex in accordance with military traditions. To signify his visit to the place, the Commander initialed the VIP book at the factory office.