Defence Secretary insists war heroes are not beggars

Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne today asserted that war heroes are not beggars and should not have to stage demonstrations on pavements to secure their demands.

The Defence Ministry said it will submit a new Cabinet paper to solve existing issues related to pensions and allowances of disabled soldiers and the police.

Defence Secretary Kamal Gunaratne urged Ministry officials to expedite steps to solve discrepancies in the existing pension and allowance system by preparing a fresh Cabinet paper.

“It is our duty and responsibility to clear the existing technical discrepancies with regard to pension and allowance payments for disabled war veterans, families and their widows,” he said.

During an urgent meeting held at the Defence Ministry today with the participation of Tri-Forces Commanders, high ranking Police officials and Ministry officials, Gunaratne said that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and  Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had pledged to solve issues related to pensions once they were elected.

“I want to reiterate that the war heroes are not beggars to meet their grievances by having demonstrations on pavements. They have dignity,” the Defence Secretary said. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Well said DS Kamal Gunaratne !!! People who lost their limbs and families of those that lost their loved ones and all those who risked their lives in battle serving our Nation should always hold first place on the list of national priorities.

    The Maha Sangha are always given first place in government priorities. When was the last time anyone saw a Buddhist priest who looked like he was suffering malnutrition ? Travel around Sri Lanka and see all the children who wake up everyday day wondering where their next meal will come from.

    All men have their faults; Kamal Gunaratne and Gotabaya Rajapaksa are not without theirs. But these two men have humanity. Something the rest of the nation would do well to emulate. Don’t let the scum in parliament dent your own passion for the nation.

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