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30,000 desert security forces since 2021: COPF reveals

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Colombo, Dec 8 (Daily Mirror) - Around 30,000 have deserted tri forces since 2021, the Committee on Public Finance (COPF) revealed yesterday.

This was revealed when they took up the supplementary estimate for Rs 16.5 billion which is to be used to settle outstanding payments for suppliers of food to the forces.

The security forces officers who participated in the COPF meeting informed that one member of the security forces needs food which can give them 3400 kilo calories per day. They had informed COPF that it is difficult to purchase food to provide necessary nutrition for security forces. COPF Chief Harsha de Silva stressed the need to ensure that the funds are utilized effectively.

COPF also approved a Salary increase for the Chairman of the Bribery Commission. However, Dr. De Silva said the salary paid to the Bribery Commission Chairman should be similar to that of appeal court judges.

In addition COPF requested Customs to come up with a procedure where it could release 263 un- cleared vehicles with minimum loss to the government.


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  • Karalasingam Sivalingam Friday, 08 December 2023 10:01 AM

    We don't require a big army, reduce the number by 50%, recruit more police personnel to mann traffic, curb criminal activities.

    Practical Social Matter Friday, 08 December 2023 10:11 AM

    If you can give an alternate source of employment to the "we don't need" well trained, personnel thereafter only an encouragement should be given for them to voluntarily retire. Otherwise its better for them to remain in the defense payrol.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 08 December 2023 10:11 AM

    Good riddance. We have used our armed forces only for purpose of killing our own citizens which is not a proud history, thanks to poor quality Leadership and Governance decisions.

    Hard Truth Friday, 08 December 2023 10:25 AM

    Its election time LTTE in the brink of re-birth. We need more Army.

    N.M. Perera Friday, 08 December 2023 10:31 AM

    Danger no one sees !! Well trained...... armed and restless Group of 30,000.

    Waco Friday, 08 December 2023 10:44 AM

    Not only the Army, most of the people want and trying to leave the country. Because of the bunch of rouges in the Cabinet.

    Seqi Friday, 08 December 2023 12:55 PM

    If a soldier needs 1000 rupees of tucker a day 30,000 troops would eat about 30 millions worth in a day. If that amount of food is still being paid for where has it been going to, second helpings?

    Kammaliya Friday, 08 December 2023 07:35 PM

    If reinstated for employment 90000 votes

    Mohan Sunday, 10 December 2023 06:20 AM

    The 30000 deserters might have left the country looking for foreign employment.


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