03rd January 2022 12:35:20 Hours
At the dawn of the New Year 2022, General Shavendra Silva WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc MPhil, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army conveyed New Year greetings and best wishes to all ranks serving at the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff (OCDS), the highest military establishment in the country.
The day’s ceremony marked the inauguration with the flag hoisting ceremony and the parade taken by Chief of Staff of OCDS. Later, all staff of OCDS pledged the Public Service Oath giving a solemn affirmation that they would continue to work efficiently, and effectively minimizing the wastage of public property towards achieving the government’s ‘Vistas of Prosperity’.
Subsequently, the traditional sweetmeat treat, welcoming the New Year 2022 was arranged by the officers and staff of Office of the Chief of Defence Staff under the direction of Major General Ajith Dissanayake RWP RSP USP IG, the Chief of Staff, at OCDS at the Milihalaka Medura premises of the BMICH.
Chief Guest General Shavendra Silva, few minutes later to his arrival, lighted the traditional oil lamp along with Tri Service Senior officers and invited everybody to enjoy the sweetmeats.
Symbolizing the age old tradition that the head of the organization presents gifts to the civilian staff serving under his command, gift packs containing dry rations were distributed among all civilian staff.
Also, the Chief Guest of the ceremony had a cordial chat with all ranks and civilians at the occasion he joined the table rich with all kinds of traditional confectionery.