03rd November 2021 12:52:04 Hours
The Ministry of Wild Life and Forest Conservation organized a tree planting campaign in coordination with the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff at a selected site of Ipalogama Reserve, in Puttalum District on 23rd October 2021 under the National Tree Planting Programme ‘Husma Dena Thuru’ in commemoration of the brave war heroes of our country for their gallantry, invaluable sacrifices and selfless dedication.
The campaign which covered planting 26000 tree saplings was inaugurated under the patronage of Hon.Wimalaweera Dissanayake, the State Minister of Wild Life and Forest Conservation who planted the first sapling marking the inauguration.
Towards the endeavour, a total of 300 Officers/other ranks (150 Army,75 Navy and 75 Air Force) also participated together with the Secretary of the Ministry of Wild Life and Forest Conservation, Major General (Retd) Palitha Fernando. Meanwhile, in coordination with the Ranaviru Seva Authority, more than 40 close relatives of fallen war heroes also participated in marking this campaign more persuasive.
Air Vice Marshal VP Balasooriya USP MMS MDS BA (Def Stu) MIM (SL) hdmc psc Justic of Peace the Director General Coord of the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier AK Rajapaksha RSP the Director Agriculture & Livestock (SL Army), Captain E A I P Edirisinghe RSP USP psc the Director Coord, Group Captain RP Kodippily RSP and Bar USP Msc (Mgt) the Command Agro Officer (SL Air Force), Group Captain HBD Samarathunga Msc (Flori & Land Arch) Bsc (Agri) the Manager Agro Project (SL Air Force), Lieutenant Colonel K A R Jayasinghe the Staff Officer Coordinating, Commander AKG Weerasingha the Executive Officer - SLNS Thambapanni also participated in the day’s programme representing Tri Services.