17th August 2020 09:59:40 Hours
Troops of the 2 Sri Lanka Light Infantry and the 5 Sri Lanka Engineers under command to the 14 Division and the Security Forces-West jointly constructed a two-storied new home for a needy family in Dampe Road, Piliyandala on the directions given by Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army after the MTV/MBC, 'Sirasa' Media network through its 'Sirasa Niwasa' project sought the Army assistance in this regard.
Major General Jayantha Senevirathna, Commander Security Forces –West enabled the technically-skilled engineering and other troops to complete the project with funds and resources, made available by the 'Sirasa Niwasa'. Major General Palitha Fernando, General Officer Commanding, 61 Division graced the auspicious inaugural house-warming as the chief guest, together with Mrs Needra Weerasinghe, Head of the MTV and MBC Network representing the 'Sirasa Niwasa' programme.
After the plight of poverty-stricken Ms W. K. A Madu Shanka Kumari's living condition was brought to the notice, the sponsors in order to mitigate the costs turned to the Commander of the Army in search of Army manpower and their construction skills for erection of this much-needed house. In accordance with ancient traditions, the day's chief guest and the sponsors at the auspicious minute unveiled a plaque, joined oil-lamp lighting and milk-pot boiling rituals, together with beneficiaries.
Brigadier Mahesh Abeyrathna, Brigadier Admin & Quartering, SFHQ-West, Brigadier Malan Fernando, Commander 144 Brigade, Project Officers, Commanding officers of 5 Sri Lanka Engineers and 2 (V) Sri Lanka Light Infantry, 'Sirasa' officials, relatives of the family and well-wishers were associated with the day's event.