The sixth-phase of granting “Virusara Privilege Card” to war heroes and their family members, came about today (30) under the patronage of the State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardane at the Magampura International Convention Centre. The ceremony saw a total of 1,002 beneficiaries including 642 from Army, 194 from Navy, 91 from Air Force, 67 from Police and 08 from Civil Security Department, receiving the “Virusara Privilege Cards”.
Secretary to the State Ministry of Defence, Mr. APG Kithsiri, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, Chief of Staff of the Army, Major General Milinda Peiris, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Ranil Gurusinghe, Chairperson of the Ranaviru Seva Authority, Mrs. Anoma Fonseka, Director General Services of the Navy, Rear Admiral Eric Jayakody, Commander Southern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nimal Sarathsena, Senior DIG Matara and Hambantota Districts, Mr. Sumith Edirisinghe, senior officer from Civil Security Department, Colonel WM Karunapala, officers from the tri-forces, a large number of beneficiaries and their family members also attended this event. The event was made very colourful with the dancing performance of Navy Cultural Troupe.