The government want to create a more disciplined and lawful country under the guidance of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said.
He said maintaining discipline was most important for government employees as they needed to work together for the betterment of the country, the Defence Ministry website reported.
Greeting the ministry staff for the New Year, the Defence Secretary said, the Defence Ministry staff were tasked with great responsibilities and all should strive to serve with utmost commitment to safeguard the trust that the President has placed by enlisting several state institutions under the ministry.
Maj.Gen. Gunaratne said the defence ministry had been assigned with more responsibilities unlike any other state institution.
“We should take extra effort to achieve the desired results regardless of any personal hardship or difficulties. We need to be committed to take up the added challenge,” he said.
Maj.Gen. Gunaratne continued “We won the war due to unity and mutual support among forces and field formations and it was one of the decisive factors in concluding the three-decade long war successfully ushering peace to the motherland and leaving a peaceful and harmonious environment for people to lead a happy life”.
He further stated that this ministry was one of the most exemplary and recognized state organizations in the country when the president was defence secretary and he wanted to bring back that glory back to the ministry.
Maj. Gen. Gunaratne said the ministry employees needed to work together to avoid recurrence of incidents similar to the Easter Sunday attacks in future.
This ministry was one of the most exemplary and recognized state organizations in the country when the president was defence secretary