Sri Lanka Army

Defenders of the Nation

Directorate Of Welfare


Sri Lanka Army Welfare Association was formed on 23rd May 1989 by Army Routine Order 33/89 with the aim of providing welfare facilities to serving Officers / ORs and for their families in order to uplift their living standards. With the expansion of the Army, Sri Lanka Army Welfare Association was renamed as Directorate of Welfare on 30 April 1994 by Army Routine Order 18/94.


To ensure a smooth, continuous and regular functioning of the current welfare projects and to launch more innovative welfare projects for the benefit of all ranks, serving in the Sri Lanka Army.


  1. Providing loan facilities to serving Officers / Other Ranks.
  2. Providing lands on concessionary prices.
  3. Providing welfare shop facilities.
  4. Processing of applications for the admission of children to Government Schools / Defence Services College.
  5. Providing insurance benefits and special insurance schemes to members.
  6. Providing financial assistance to serving / retired members and their families for medical treatment and granting compensation for permanent disability & death, from Suwasahana Fund.
  7. Providing financial assistance from Legal Aid Fund as directed by the Comd of the Army.
  8. Granting death donations.
  9. Providing goods on easy payment schemes.
  10. Suwasahana bus Service.
  11. Facilitating food and lodging on concessionary rates at the Kataragama Pilgrims Rest.
  12. Granting membership to Officer, Cadets, recruits and providing benefits to its members.
  13. Collection of loan repayment installments.
  14. Allocation of funds from voted funds to purchase news paper to all Army establishments.
  15. Distribution of Army Diary to all Army personnel.
  16. Under mentioned miscellaneous welfare services are also provided by the Directorate:
  • Issuing of Annual Liquor permits for authorized messes.
  • Issue of recm letters for purchase building materials on concessionary rates from pre assigned suppliers.
  • Recommendation for electricity and water connections on priority basis.
  • Issue of recm letters for transfers of spouses employed in government sector.


    Loans are given to serving members of Sri Lanka Army under 5% reducing balance repayment system.

    a. Instructions & Policy for obtaining loans

  • The loan application and the related instructions have been published by Dte of Welfare letter සුසා/පා/08/02/2010 dated 04 November 2010.
  • The monthly loan limits distribution to each regiment have been published by Dte of Welfare letter සුසා/ණය/ප්‍රතිපත්ති/01 (65) dated 18 June 2011.
  • b. The Required Qualifications & Documents

  • All applicants should be members of the Welfare Society Fund by contributing Rs. 1000/=.
  • Loan application (Application form should be printed on both sides of the paper).
  • Copies of last month pay sheet and Army ID card of the applicant and guarantor.
  • Copy of bank pass book to which monthly pay is deposited (The account number mentioned in pay sheet and the bank pass book must be same)
  • Should complete 5 years of service.
  • Remaining service period must be more than 5 years.
  • Required to settle loan installments dues for loans / goods.
  • c. The Monthly Instalment Plan

    Loan Amount (Rs.) No of Instalment Instalment (Rs.) Interest (Rs.) Total expected remittance (Rs.)
    300,000.00 48 6,908.79 31,621.92 331,621.92
    300,000.00 36 8,991.27 23,685.72 323,685.72
    300,000.00 24 13,161.42 15,874.08 315,874.08
    100,000.00 36 2,997.09 7,895.24 107,895.24
    100,000.00 24 4,387.14 5,291.36 105,291.36
    100,000.00 12 8560.75 2,729.00 102,729.00

    d. Procedure to submit a Loan application

    e. All loan applications must be forwarded only through the Regimental Centres according to the monthly loan limits allocated to the respective RHQs.

    f. Monthly Loan Allocation For Regiments

    REGT 1 00,000 Distress loan 300,000 Pers loan Air travel loan up to 300,000 Total Loans For each Regiments
    SLAC 03 04 01 08
    SLA 04 05 01 10
    SLE 04 05 01 10
    SLSC 03 04 01 8
    SLLI 08 08 01 17
    SLSR 09 08 01 18
    GW 09 08 01 18
    GR 09 08 01 18
    VIR 08 07 01 16
    MECH INF 02 03 01 06
    CR 03 03 01 07
    SF 02 02 01 05
    MIC 01 03 01 05
    CES 07 07 01 15
    SLASC 03 04 01 08
    SLAMC 03 04 01 08
    SLAOC 02 03 01 06
    SLEME 03 04 01 08
    SLACMP 02 03 01 06
    SLAGSC 03 04 01 08
    SLAWC 02 03 01 06
    SLNG 09 08 01 18
    SLAPC 01 02 01 04
    SLRC 01 02 01 04
    TOTAL 101 112 24 237


    a. Lands which are acquiring from government agencies, purchase from outside and donations from well wishers will distribute among the members of the Army with the instruction of AG and Comd of the Army.

    b. Issue recm letters to MOD with the intension of obtaining a suitable land which are earmarked by the Divisional Secretaries and when calling nominations.

    c. Fwd recm letters to MOD in order to obtain permits Under concessionary basis for the members of the Army who are living in Government lands without proper authority.


    a. Issue of clearance to Retired/KIA/AWOL and discharged persons of the Army.

    b. Monthly repayment installment will be collected through the Dte of P &R after facilitating of loans and other welfare schemes.

    c. Certify the clearance for all applications prior to obtaining welfare facilities.

    d. Monitoring and computerization of deduction received by the Dte of P&R.


    a. Present Death Donation is Rs. 100,000.00

    b. The Membership fee is Rs.50.00 and it will deduct from the January salary on annual basis.

    c. Death Donation is paid directly to NOK by the respective Regiments and later it will reimburse by Directorate of Welfare.


    a. The fund was raised on 01 January 2015 by deducting Rs.10.00 × 20 installments from Offrs/ORs.

    b. When a Offr/OR is summoned to Civil Courts in relation of his/her duty, they can request financial assistance from this fund as Legal Expenditures up to Rs.500,000.00

    c. However, with the consent of the Comd of the Army the total amount can be considered up to Rs.1,000,000.00


    a. Welfare fund was initially raised in year 1989 with the Rs: 500.00 of member fee.

    b. Member fee was increased up to Rs: 1000.00 in year 1999 as directed by Comd of the Army.

    c. Membership fee & dividends are paid to the members on their retirement /medical board out or discharged from the Army.


    a. As per the ARO 2/2014 dated 05 June 2014 & ARO 6/2016 dated 02 May 2016, admission of children of the Sri Lanka Army personnel to grade one of Government Schools and Defence Services College – Colombo / Kurunegala in liaison with of MOD and Ministry of Education.

    b. An applicant must select 6 x Schools within the province (National / Provincial) as per his / her priority.


    a. Army Welfare Shops are located at Panagoda, Boossa, Ampara, Pallekalle, Minneriya, Diyatalawa and Anuradhapura under the Dte of Welfare.

    b. Facilitate the purchase of electric items, house hold equipment, computers, jewellery, tiles and school stationeries / books.

    c. Providing loans to purchase clothes (CIB Voucher) during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year festival.


    a. Providing Semi Luxury Buses with concessionary rates for Serving & Retired Officers & ORs.

  • For Officer / ORs / Retired personnel - Rs. 45.00.
  • For outside government organizations- Rs. 55.00.
  • Rs. 1000.00 will be charged as parking fees if the distance is less than 200 km.
  • If distance is less than 100 km per day the charges will be calculated for 100 km.
  • Additional Rs. 3000.00 will be charged for journeys which are more than 3 x nights.

    a. Reservation procedure

  • Maximum 03 x rooms can be reserved for 02 x days for an Officer / OR.
  • Maximum 02 x rooms can be reserved for 02 x days for retired Officer / OR.
  • Check in time 1200 hrs & Check out time 1100 hrs.
  • b. Availibility of rooms & rates

    1 Major General / Brigadier 03 500.00
    2 Colonel / Lt Colonel 06 400.00
    3 Major and below 09 300.00
    4 WO I / WO II 05 300.00
    5 S/Sgt / Sgt 06 200.00
    6 Cpl and below 12 200.00

    c. Instructions published through Dte of Welfare letter සුසාඅම/භකාස/200 (05) & dated 21 September 2016.


    a. In order to provide financial assistance to the serving/retired members and their families of the army by reimbursing the expenditure incurred by them for the medical treatments received at government/private hospitals for any ailment and pay compensation for permanent disability of members, death of members, spouse and children.

    b. Instructions have been published by Dte of Welfare letter සුසා/සුවසහන/පා/01/2014 (11) dated 19 January 2014.

    c. Benefits

    Benefits Amount (Rs.)
    Death 1,000,000.00
    Total Permanent Disability 1,000,000.00
    Partial Permanent Disability 500,000.00
    Critical Illness 1,300,000.00
    Death 500,000.00
    Critical Illness 1,300,000.00
    Death 50,000.00
    Critical Illness 1,300,000.00
    Birth 10,000.00
    Hospitalization/Health Benefit for a Family Unit for entire year
    In patient Department - Medical (Including Ayurwedic) Rs. 150,000.00
    In patient Department - Surgical Rs. 250,000.00


    Married Members

  • Members up to age of 70 yrs.
  • Spouse up to age of 70 yrs.
  • Children upto age 21 yrs. (unmarried, unemployed)
  • Age limit is not applicable for children who need special assistance.
  • Unmarried Members

  • Member up to age 70 yrs.
  • Parents (Age unlimited).