(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Defense Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne has said that the government would end looming social threats in the same vigor that eradicated terrorism in the country to bring peace and prosperity under the leadership of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
“There is no room for emerging social threats in the face of organized crimes, underworld acts and drug menace to jeopardize the future of our younger generation” he said.
Addressing students of Royal Institute (RI) Colombo he recalled losing of thousands of precious lives of military personnel during the battle to eradicate the three-decade-long ruthless terrorism from the country and said “They all sacrificed their today for your tomorrow.”
Defense Secretary, who was the Chief Guest at the Golden Jubilee celebration of the Royal Institute Colombo, Tuesday requested the students to keep themselves away from the looming social threats, since the smugglers were mainly targeting young children.
Maj. Gen. Gunaratne was a former member of the RI’s management as the Director Administration and has served two years in the prestigious educational institution.
Recalling cherished memories of inculcating principal military characteristics of honesty, integrity, discipline and comradeship among the staff and students, he said the RI management was able to outshine the institution into greater heights, in terms of discipline and teams spirit inculcated in students and the staffers.
“Sports can support building self-confidence, discipline and team spirit among children from their young age, and therefore we were able to secure many championships for the school during that tenure,” he said adding that he never allowed evil elements with vested interests to take control of the school when he was serving in the school administration.
RI President Prof. Sarath Amunugama, Chairman G.T. Bandara, Academic Director Dr. Nirodaa Bandara, Director Niwantha Bandara, Defence Ministry Seva Vanitha Chairman Chithrani Gunaratne, invited Principals, RI teachers, students, former pupils and parents were present at the ceremony.