09th January 2019 09:35:35 Hours
Intending to meet civil society of Batticaloa District, the Commander Security Forces (East), Major General Aruna Jayasekera got a meeting of community leaders and intellectuals, organized by Mr. S Mamangaraja, Chairman of Civil Society Batticaloa who also requested a forum of that nature be arranged in order to promote goodwill and understanding.
The meeting, organized on 07 January 2019 at Bishop's House Batticaloa was attended by a gathering of more than 20 invitees. The Bishop of Batticaloa, Rt Rev. Dr. Joseph Ponniah and the Commander Security Force (East) presided the occasion at the invitation of the organizers.
The forum in general focused on social and other pertinent matters of importance to the general public in those respective areas. Several attendees spelt out their concerns over the widely spreading drug menace of the area during the meeting.
Major General Jayasekera underlined the importance of maintaining effective communication and a close coordination among civil society and armed forces to overcome challenges of the society. Further, he highlighted the importance of having forums of this nature which will pave the way to understand the common responsibility towards the society considering all those challenges of the public as a collective responsibility.
Commander 231 Brigade, Colonel Mihindu Perera, Colonel Thilak Ranasinghe CCCA - SFHQ(E), Lieutenant Colonel Sudath Samarakoon CAO - SFHQ (E), Dr. Sudarshan of Agriculture Faculty - Eastern University were also attended the meeting.