Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne says effective measures taken by the Ministry of Defence and affiliated agencies in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Police against drug trafficking has dealt a heavy blow on drug smuggling operations in the country.
Addressing staff of the Ministry of Defence on the first working day of the year, the Defence Secretary said such preventive measures have had a huge impact on the society.
Expressing gratitude to the armed forces and police for their role in maintaining public safety and continuity of essential services during the recent social unrest he said, they provided necessary support to prevent the country from becoming politically unstable and anarchic.
Gen. Gunaratne also stated that for a free and peaceful Sri Lanka and with the intervention of the Ministry of Defence and the Sri Lanka Police, operations of extremist groups, underworld gangs and such related activities have been successfully curbed.
He said in order to stabilise the economic and social crisis that our country is facing, with the aim of making the national development policy of the government a reality, we must make this year more productive than the previous years and properly discharge our responsibilities as public servants.