Written by Staff Writer
07 Jun, 2016 | 8:44 pm
A general amnesty period has been granted for military personnel who have been absent without official leave for a long period, to be legally discharged from the service.
The Ministry of Defence has decided to grant a period of amnesty for army deserters who left service before December 31, 2015, to be legally discharged from the service without being subject to any punishment.
Army deserters can thereby report to their respective Regimental Headquarter from June 11 – 30 in order to obtain a legal discharge from the service.
Number of deserters :
Sri Lanka Army : 25, 0000 ( Respective Regiment )
Sri Lanka Navy : 7107 ( Welisara Navy Camp )
Sri Lanka Air Force : 510 ( SLAF HQ – Slave Island )
Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, Karunasena Hettiarachchi stated that if they owe an amount of Rs. 10,000 – the amount of the deserters report back to their respective station.
He added that the advantages will be as follows. If one owes a sum of Rs. 10,000 or less, it will be cut off and they will be free from the burden.
Major General of the Sri Lanka Army, Nandana Udawatta stated that if these deserters are not legally discharged, they will have issues attempting to seek new employment.
Director General Personnel of the Sri Lanka Navy, Rear Admiral Sisira Jayakody stated that these personnel are a menace to the society in one way as they in their 20s and 30s and are most likely to be involved in illegal activities.
Questions were raised on how many weapons were handed over and the classification of these weapons.
In reply, the secretary noted that 500 plus weapons from different categories were handed over during the first phase as they are still receiving weapons.
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