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Welfare Facilities of war heroes in doldrums during previous regime

Welfare Facilities have not been properly provided to the Deceased, Disabled War Heroes and their Families by three main institutions established under the Ministry of Defence during the previous Rajapaksa regime, government audit inspection revealed.

There were three main institutions called Sri Lanka Ranawiru Authority, National Defence Fund and Api Wenuawen Api Fund under the Ministry of Defence established with the objective of providing welfare facilities to the deceased and disabled war heroes and their family members.

These institutions were established under the directions of then Defence secretary and present presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The cash balances amounting to Rs 997.30 million and Rs 1,116.47 million had remained in the National Defence Fund and Api Wenuawen Api Fund as at 31 December 2017., the audit inspection report revealed.

However, the National Defence Fund had engaged only on providing benefits for the children of the officers of armed forces who passed the Grade 05 Scholarships examination during the period from 2013 to 2017, audit report high lighted.

The activities of the Api Wenuwen Api had been limited to award housing loans for the Ranawiru families.

Further the Ranawiru Seva Authority is required to prepare a list of deceased officers in action and their family members and maintain continuously in updated manner in terms of the Section 06 of the Ranawiru Seva Authority Act, No 54 of 1999.

However, such a completed record had not been prepared and maintained even as at 31 December 2017. For that purpose, 269 Ranaviry Societies had been established and a sum of Rs 12.98 million had been spent as at 31 December 2017, the report concluded.

(LI)

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