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.
- Providing loan facilities to serving Officers / Other Ranks.
- Providing lands on concessionary prices.
- Providing welfare shop facilities.
- Processing of applications for the admission of children to Government Schools / Defence Services College.
- Providing insurance benefits and special insurance schemes to members.
- Providing financial assistance to serving / retired members and their families for medical treatment and granting compensation for permanent disability & death, from Suwasahana Fund.
- Providing financial assistance from Legal Aid Fund as directed by the Comd of the Army.
- Granting death donations.
- Providing goods on easy payment schemes.
- Suwasahana bus Service.
- Facilitating food and lodging on concessionary rates at the Kataragama Pilgrims Rest.
- Granting membership to Officer, Cadets, recruits and providing benefits to its members.
- Collection of loan repayment installments.
- Allocation of funds from voted funds to purchase news paper to all Army establishments.
- Distribution of Army Diary to all Army personnel.
- Under mentioned miscellaneous welfare services are also provided by the Directorate:
ROLE AND TASK - SECTIONS UNDER DTE OF WELFARE
1. LOAN SECTION
Loans are given to serving members of Sri Lanka Army under 5% reducing balance repayment system.
a. Instructions & Policy for obtaining loans
b. The Required Qualifications & Documents
c. The Monthly Instalment Plan
|Loan Amount (Rs.)||No of Instalment||Instalment (Rs.)||Interest (Rs.)||Total expected remittance (Rs.)|
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|
2. LAND SECTION
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.
3. LEDGER SECTION
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.
4. DEATH DONATIONS SECTION
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.
5. LEGAL AID FUND
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
6. MEMBERSHIP SECTION
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.
7. SCHOOL SECTION
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.
8. SHOP COORD SECTION
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.
9. SUWASAHANA BUS SERVICE
a. Providing Semi Luxury Buses with concessionary rates for Serving & Retired Officers & ORs.
10. ARMY HOLIDAY RESORT - KATARAGAMA
a. Reservation procedure
b. Availibility of rooms & rates
|SRL NO||TYPE OF ROOM||NO OF ROOMS (A/C)||RATE PER ROOM (Rs.)|
|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.
11. SUWASAHANA INSURANCE FUND
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.
|Benefits||Amount (Rs.) |
|Total Permanent Disability||1,000,000.00|
|Partial Permanent Disability||500,000.00|
|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|