Government woos deserters again

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 25 February 1998, 23:59 GMT]
A meeting was held at the Galewella Madhya Maha Vidyalaya recently to discuss plans to persuade Sri Lankan Army (SLA) deserters from the Galewella Divisional Secretary's area to rejoin the security forces. Galewela town is on the high way from Colombo to Polannaruwa through Dambulla.

The meeting was presided over by Galewella Divisional Secretary T. B Athauda where 59 grama sevekas (GS), welfare workers , teachers, justices of the peace, Buddhist monks and other social notables were present.

It was decided that the deserters should take advantage of the amnesty extended to them by Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on the 50th anniversary of Sri Lanka's independence and rejoin the forces.

Details of the deserters still at large in the area were handed over to the GSs by the Divisional Secretary.

The Galewella meeting is another stark reminder of the SLA manpower problems, exacerbated in recent times by the increasing demand for troops by the 10 month long Operation Jayasikurui.

Desertion has bedevilled the security forces from 1990, but they have gathered in intensity in the past two years.

The Sri Lanka Government has periodically announced amnesties to deserters hoping that they would rejoin the ranks.

The latest was announced by the Sri Lankan President herself on February 7.

This amnesty ends tonight. The SLA said today that about 3000 soldiers have responded to the latest amnesty. Twelve thousand, according to official figures, are still at large.


Related Articles:
22.02.98   Lukewarm response to amnesty offer

 

Latest 15 Reports
04.02.24 15:40   Photo
சியோனிசம் காணும் தோல்வி ஈழத்தமிழருக்குப் பலன் தரவல்ல படிமை மாற்றத்தின் அறிகுறி
24.04.22 05:44  
தீவின் நெருக்கடிச் சூழலில் ஈழத்தமிழர் தேசம் கடைப்பிடிக்கவேண்டிய நிலைப்பாடுகள்
09.04.22 14:44   Photo
குறிதவறும் ஈழத்தமிழர் தலைமைகளுக்கு வரலாறு தருகின்ற எச்சரிக்கை
21.01.22 07:24   Photo
ஈழத்தமிழர் தேசத்தின் தலைமைத்துவம் தேர்தல் அரசியற் கட்சிகளுக்கு அப்பாலானது
02.11.21 15:32   Photo
13 ஆம் சட்டத்திருத்தத்தால் கட்டமைக்கப்பட்ட இன அழிப்பை எதிர்கொள்ள முடியுமா?
15.09.21 08:19  
English version not available
17.05.21 19:23   Photo
Ananthi blames war criminal Silva for blocking collective memorial at Mu'l'livaaykkaal
09.04.21 14:46  
English version not available
23.03.21 12:41   Photo
No focus on Tamil genocide, geopolitics gets played out in Geneva in favour of QUAD formation
21.03.21 13:34   Photo
Navi Pillay explains ‘human rights’ limitations in Geneva on Tamil genocide
15.03.21 20:36   Photo
Deceived Tamil activists in UK falsely claimed ‘substantial changes’ to Zero draft
09.03.21 21:34   Photo
UK repeatedly wronged Tamils says hunger-striker, demands genocide justice
26.02.21 11:53   Photo
Tamils witness false dilemma in Geneva as geopolitical formations pit against each other
19.02.21 14:02   Photo
UK not prepared to push for ICC option in new UNHRC Resolution
07.02.21 23:16   Photo
Unprecedented P2P uprising paves the way for rights-oriented politics of Tamils and Muslims
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=1000