Presidential Task Force appointed to build a Secure Country, Disciplined, Virtuous and Lawful Society

3 June 2020 11:59 am - 26     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


An extraordinary gazette was issued under the proclamation by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announcing the establishment of a 13-member Presidential Task Force to build a Secure Country, Disciplined, Virtuous and Lawful Society.

The new Presidential Task Force is headed by Defence Ministry Secretary Major General (Retired) Kamal Gunaratne.

The other 12 members are; Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva (Commander of the Sri Lanka Army), Vice Admiral Piyal de Silva (Commander of Sri Lanka Navy), Air Marshal Sumangala Dias (Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force), C.D. Wickremarathne (Acting Inspector General of Police), Major General (Retired) Vijitha Ravipriya (Director General of Customs), Major General (Retired) Jagath Alwis (Chief of the National Intelligence Service), Major General Suresh Salley (Director of State Intelligence Service), Major General A. S. Hewavitharana (Director of Army Intelligence Unit), Captain S.J. Kumara (Director of Navy Intelligence Unit), Air Commodore M.D.J. Wasage (Director of Air Force Intelligence Unit), T. C. A. Dhanapala (Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Special Task Force of Police) and Waruna Jayasundara (Deputy Inspector-General of Police).

Senior Assistant Secretary of the Defence Ministry, D.M.S. Dissanayake has been appointed as the Secretary of the Task Force.

In the gazette, President Rajapaksa enumerated that the task force was established after recognizing that the security of the country is a key factor in establishing economic strategies and emphasizing the equal protection of the law for the well-being of the people and for building a civilized society.

“Considering that it is essential to liberate the entire society from the drug menace spreading all over the society including the children who are considered as the future of a country, is also a major factor in the social decline coupled with the economic decline,” President Rajapaksa said.

The members of the Presidential Task Force are expected to execute the tasks of:

Taking necessary immediate steps to curb the illegal activities of social groups which are violating the law which is emerging as harmful to the free and peaceful existence of society at present in some places of the country,

Take necessary measures for prevention from drug menace, prevent entry of drugs from abroad through ports and airports and to fully eradicate drug trafficking in the country and to prevent other social illnesses caused by drug abuse,

Take necessary measures to take legal action against persons responsible for the illegal and antisocial activities conducting in Sri Lanka while locating in other countries,

And to investigate and prevent any illegal and antisocial activities in and around prisons.

Accordingly, the task force is authorized by the President to investigate and issue directions as may be necessary in connection with the functions entrusted to it.

The President is also authorized to submit reports to the task force from time to time.

“Further, the Presidential Task Force may issue instructions or request that all Government Officers and other persons requesting assistance in the provision of services comply with such instructions.

I hereby instruct all Government Officers and others to provide all possible assistance and provide all information that may be provided.

And, I do hereby direct the said Task Force to report to me, all cases of delay or default on the part of any Public Officer or Officer of any Ministry, Government Department, State Corporation or other similar institution in the discharge of duties and responsibilities assigned to such public officer or such institution,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 26

  • Noddy Wednesday, 03 June 2020 12:16 PM

    Earlier it was commissions and now it is presidential task force. We all cheer while being taken for a ride. What we need is a "Compass" to find our bearings.

    Patriot Wednesday, 03 June 2020 12:35 PM

    Lets see how Disciplined, Virtuous and Lawful the members are.

    ANTON Wednesday, 03 June 2020 12:37 PM


    Jack-Ass Wednesday, 03 June 2020 12:49 PM

    Do we really need a parliament and ministers?

    Gp Wednesday, 03 June 2020 07:47 PM

    I agree, do we really need Ministers...

    PANTHA KUMARA Wednesday, 03 June 2020 12:54 PM

    Task force after task force for what. Whats the purpose of parliament. Who are the members of this task force? Rajapakses family?...

    Lasantha de Silva Wednesday, 03 June 2020 12:56 PM

    All was seen at Thondaman's funeral

    Sokrates Wednesday, 03 June 2020 01:02 PM

    A better name for this would be the "Executive Task Force of the dictatorship", which also includes the White Vans department and the Gestapo (Secret State Police). Has a sufficient supply of Cyclone B been procured for the shower rooms in the secret concentration camps? Heil Gota!

    David Wednesday, 03 June 2020 01:11 PM

    Okay. Where will we find the aforementioned disciplined, virtuous and lawful people to head the task forces? Are the avengers coming to town?

    Neil Horadagoda Wednesday, 03 June 2020 01:19 PM

    This is what JR also attempted in 1977. Good luck, Mr President in 2020

    Sinna Thursday, 04 June 2020 02:26 PM

    JR?,he who had send thugs to pelt stones at houses of supreme courts judges and teased ,anybody have democratic right to pet stones

    Dhaya Wednesday, 03 June 2020 01:28 PM

    Good Move. This should start from politicians, Police, and the rest of the government officials. Role model examples must be set by the government.

    Sunil Wednesday, 03 June 2020 01:31 PM

    Literally the President is bringing in military to rule every inch of this country...we will blink and Sri Lanka will be like a communist country!

    Voter Wednesday, 03 June 2020 01:33 PM

    What the hell is going on ? Governance by task forces and media releases !!! Do we need a government and a parliament?

    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 03 June 2020 01:38 PM

    An unlucky number - 13. Thank God its' a Wednesday and not a Friday. Please give names to these unlucky patriots and then we the society can judge who is good and who has already started to draw blueprints to be accomplished with 'goodies' from the drug inmates from the prisons.

    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 03 June 2020 01:46 PM

    From what we have been seeing and hearing via the media over the past 36 hours, the prisons, in our present day perspective is not the Illusionary 'hell' but heaven on earth. Mr. President, if the current prisons commissioner, a man called Tennekoon, is not one of your 'machans', get rid of him immediately.

    CITIZEN Wednesday, 03 June 2020 02:05 PM


    Sando Wednesday, 03 June 2020 02:23 PM

    Very very Good. Deal with Crime very hard ...... Murder/Rape/Drugs/House Thefts which are now rampant.

    Tudur Wednesday, 03 June 2020 03:12 PM

    Very well said start from the so called politicians

    Yakadura Wednesday, 03 June 2020 04:58 PM

    The Crab calling his followers to walk staraight while the leader and his family goes astray .......

    Dharmista Wednesday, 03 June 2020 05:21 PM

    MR and his catchers may be an obstacle to the good intentions of the President!

    Ralahamy Wednesday, 03 June 2020 05:32 PM

    We read this in Gulag's Archipelago by Eric Solzhenitsyn, and now it is happening in China among the Uighur Muslim community, where every house has to accommodate a Govt. servant to spy whether they are praying, reading the Quran or Fasting in Ramadhan. Here the whole country is compromised. What purpose does this serve?

    Viraj De Silva Wednesday, 03 June 2020 05:58 PM

    I hope we can complain to the task force on people polluting the environment, noice pollution and corruption in government owned businesses.

    Sen Wednesday, 03 June 2020 06:46 PM

    We had confidence with Gota,till Thonda's corona ignored funeral,its gave the idea, that all rules only for poor and powerless but those won't similarly apply to high and mighty,

    Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 03 June 2020 06:48 PM

    Correct step. To hell with pseudo democracy.

    Ricardo De Lima Wednesday, 03 June 2020 09:16 PM

    First start with equal law and rights for all citizens and not protecting the family and top leaders and is this what the people voted for a military rule over to you all the people who voted for a Singhala Bhuddist country

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