Civil Security Department (CSD) members, who are mostly ex-LTTE combatants, are seen harvesting vegetables from one of their farms in Kilinochchi. These CSD members inject more than Rs.1,000 million to the country's economy annually. Director Chandraratne Pallegama oversees the rehabilitation and training of these soldiers. Pix by Pradeep Pathirana.
Km Wednesday, 14 March 2018 08:21
Is it rehabilitation or free labour... why not assist them to start their own farms
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Cloud Wednesday, 14 March 2018 13:49
They are soldiers and getting paid. It is not free labour.
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jaypee Wednesday, 14 March 2018 08:38
Very positive and very happy to see this. Talent and abilities transformed to good use.
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Rohitha Wednesday, 14 March 2018 08:46
What a wonderful news item. So rare to come accross positive reports like this in the media.
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Waco Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:19
These people should be issues with proper Basket and Wheel-Barows to facilitate harvesting operations.
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Firdhous Wednesday, 14 March 2018 09:36
The Sri Lankan Armed force can go ahead further in contributing to the economy by getting a percentage (important infrastructures ) of government tender. This will help improving the technical and engineering capability of the Armed force while keeping their muscles active. The profit can be utilized for improving weapons capabilities and the welfare of the armed force personnel. Although the country does not have and armed emergency situation, it is at an economic emergency is note worthy.
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hari M Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:12
This is modern day slavery! Simple and pure
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Sharon Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:24
If not for MR/GR, these innocent people are under 6 feet by now...
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Good news from DM Wednesday, 14 March 2018 10:26
Good news for the nation. Example to the nation who do violence and ethnic problems. Give more publicity.
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Nalaka Wednesday, 14 March 2018 15:11
Credit should go to Rajapaksa for finishing the war and starting the rehabilitation of these young people. This is why rajapaksa should be taken back to run the country.
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L Perera Wednesday, 14 March 2018 15:51
This is to Director Chandrarathna PallegamaI have some suggestions to improve their productivity and their living standards. Please allocate some percentage of income and credit to special account of each individual that has to be opened at NSB. The accumulated money to be paid to them at the end of a certain period to pay for their children's education, medical treatment for their parents or children etc. I have suggested the same to the previous government when they use Army personnel for development activities. But I have no idea whether my previous suggestion had reached the top brass who could make such a decision. Dear Director you may discuss this with suitable personnel and implement this.
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Muhammed Wednesday, 14 March 2018 17:10
Is this slaves or prisoners indefinetely?Next the muslims?This nation needs to turn on another path.
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Upul Wednesday, 14 March 2018 17:38
It is very nice to see these people are being used for a very good cause rather than being used to separate and destroy the country. A very big THANK YOU to everybody involved in it.
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Wije Saturday, 17 March 2018 08:14
This is very good thinking.This innocent people were used for terrorist activities in the past.but see how much peacefull they are. Cultivating, Harvesting are the activities that give more happiness to your mind.Just like meditation.If they started their own farm immediately then there is a risk and stress.But it's not here.This would be more meaningful if they can obtain higher education about the agriculture science.Then one day they can help to Sri Lankan farmers to uplift their productivity and help to people to grow vegetables at home for their own consuming.
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