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    New Civil Defence Force facility declared open

    July 19, 2014

    Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared open the new Welioya Headquarters of the Civil Defence Force in Galkulama, Welioya on Friday (18th July).

    Mr. Rajapaksa unveiled a commemorative plaque there and later opened the shrine room. He planted a sapling of the Sri Maha Bodhiya in the premises. Inaugurating a new pre-school built there. Secretary Defence officially registered the first two children symbolizing the start of the childcare facility.


    The new facility is established in what was a former fish breeding centre which lay abandoned due to terrorist threat during the terrorist conflict. The site which was in a state of total neglect for a long time was overgrown with shrub jungle and the buildings damaged due to the constant exposure to the elements. Through commitment and hard work, CDF personnel were able to give a new lease of life to this once desolate facility by converting it into their new headquarters.


    The Welioya CDF facility includes a parade ground, lecture hall, welfare shop, commanding officer's chalet, shrine room and accommodation facilities for female personnel.


    Director General of the Civil Defence Department Rear Admiral (Retd) Ananda Peiris , Deputy Minister Sarath Weerasekara MP, senior state officials, Security Forces Commander - Wanni, CDF officials and a large number of CDF personnel were present at the occasion.(MOD/KH)

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