Presidential Task Force for establishing a secure country & lawful society

Jun 03, 2020 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has established a Presidential Task Force to build a Secure Country, Disciplined, Virtuous and Lawful Society in accordance with the powers vested in him by Article 33 of the Constitution.

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Major General (Retired) Kamal Gunaratne has been appointed as the Chairman of the Task Force, and Senior Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Defence, D.M.S. Dissanayake has been appointed as its Secretary.

The other members are: Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Vice Admiral Piyal de Silva , Commander of Sri Lanka Navy, Air Marshal Sumangala Dias , Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force, C.D. Wickremarathne , Acting Inspector General of Police, Major General (Retired) Vijitha Ravipriya , Director General of Customs, Major General (Retired) Jagath Alwis , Chief of the National Intelligence Service, Major General Suresh Salley , Director of State Intelligence Service, Major General A. S. Hewavitharana , Director of Army Intelligence Unit , Captain S.J. Kumara , Director of Navy Intelligence Unit, Air Commodore M.D.J. Wasage , Director of Air Force Intelligence Unit , T. C. A. Dhanapala , Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Special Task Force of Police and Waruna Jayasundara Deputy Inspector-General of Police.

The 13-member task force will execute the below-mentioned tasks:

  1. Taking necessary immediate steps to curb the illegal activities of social groups which are violating the law which
    is emerging as harmful to the free and peaceful existence of society at present in some places of the country
  2. Take necessary measures for prevention from drug menace, prevent entry of drugs from abroad through ports and
    airports and to fully eradicate drug trafficking in the country and to prevent other social illnesses caused by drug
    abuse
  3. Take necessary measures to take legal action against persons responsible for the illegal and antisocial activities
    conducting in Sri Lanka while locating in other countries
  4. To investigate and prevent any illegal and antisocial activities in and around prisons
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