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Major General Darshana Hettiarrachchi Completes his Tenure as the Commander Security Force - Jaffna

[2019-07-15: 23:58:14]

Major General Darshana Hettiarrachchi who held the office of the Commander Security Force (Jaffna) more than two years and relinquished the appointment on 15th July 2019 to assume duties as the Head of National Action Plan on Preventing and Countering Religious Radicalization, Violent Extremism and Terrorism which is functioning under the Ministry of Defence. Prior to leaving Jaffna, outgoing Commander Security Force - Jaffna, visited 51, 52 and 55 Divisions and Forward Maintenance Area (North), Kankesanthurai and addressed the troops. He offered his gratitude to All Ranks serving in respective formations for their high standard of professionalism maintained during the past years and assistance extended to maintain a peaceful environment in the peninsula. On the 13th July, he was extended a Guard of Honour at the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna by the troops of 10 Field Engineer Regiment.

Before being appointed the Commander Security Force - Jaffna on 28th March 2017, Major General Darshana Hettiarrachchi commanded the Security Force (East) of the Army and he has held many responsible command and staff appointments in the Army and has followed number of local and foreign courses.

Since the day he took over the office as the Commander Security Force - Jaffna, Major General Darshana Hettiarrachchi took special concern in uplifting the standard of training of Officers and Other Ranks to improve their quality as professional soldiers. Infrastructure facilities for training were improved and training opportunities for Officers and Other Ranks were widened. The First Ever Inter Battalion Quiz Competition for Officers, Map Reading and Fieldcraft Competition, Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System (PACES) Competition, Pistol Firing Competition, Inter-Battalion Platoon and Battalion Support Weapons Competition and Battle obstacle and Assault Competition were organized and conducted upon his conceptual guidance.

Accordingly, as the Commander Security Force - Jaffna, he initiated numerous programmes to empower the hidden talents and build up the cohesion between Officers and Other Ranks in the Jaffna peninsula. The First Ever Jaffna Got Talent (Singing Star and Dancing Star), Compering Star Competition, Mr. Jaffna (Best Physique) Competition, Jaffna Food Festival and Northern Speed Rally made a decent impression of his novel concepts.

At the same time, he looked into the welfare of soldiers serving in Jaffna in many spheres and launched a number of welfare projects. Under his directions number of Water Treatment Plants were installed to provide purified drinking water for the troops, distributed Tractors and Motorbikes for the Formations and Army Farm, and constructed a new Two Storied Building at the Warrant Officers' and Sergeants Mess and New Kitchen for the Other Ranks' Mess at Security Force Headquarters.

In order to build up religious harmony in Jaffna peninsula, he extended the assistance to facilitated religious functions at Hindu temples, Cristian Churches within the Palaly Army Cantonment extending necessary assistance to temple authorities and providing facilities to devotees participating in those festivals. He was recognized and praised by both local and international community and especially by the diplomats for his efforts made to uplift the living standards of the deserving people in Jaffna. During his tenure he initiated number of social welfare projects and donation programmes in which constructed total of 229 houses, total of 122 toilets, renovated 04 tanks and donated total of 1296 ration packs to needy people. Since the initiation of land releasing and resettlement process by the Sri Lanka Army, he took forward the
land releasing process to release a considerable amount of land and property to the rightful owners in Jaffna peninsula.

With view of uplifting the education in Jaffna district many programmes were organized under his directions to donate total of 540 scholarships, total of 4777 stationery packs and school items and total of 434 bicycles for the students from low-income families. Under his guidance, many donors extended their assistance to donate total of 42 artificial limbs and 76 wheelchairs for differently abled people, conducted 10 medical camps for needy people in cooperation with Jaffna Teaching Hospital and completed Cataract Surgery for 20 deserving persons.

He initiated many reforestation projects to cultivate Coconut trees and Palmyra trees in Jaffna peninsula. The coastal conservation project was conducted upon his directions to plant coconut seedlings along the coastal lines of Jaffna peninsula. Accordingly a total number of 34556 Coconut seedlings were distributed and cultivated within Jaffna peninsula covering thousands of acres in order to support the livelihood of civilians and benefit their domestic economy. These projects definitely benefitted the civil community in Northern Province and that were shares of the process of promoting peace and reconciliation. Major General Dharshana Hettiarrachchi, for his untiring effort to assist the civil community in Northern Province, was highly praised and appreciated by the Governor Northern Province, Government Agent, Government Officials and all Religious Dignitaries in many occasions.

The outgoing Commander Security Force Jaffna placed his signature in the Visitors' Book to mark his victorious tenure at the Security Force (Jaffna).

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