by Waruni Karunarathne
In an interview with The SundayLeader, Minister D. M Swaminathan said the Sri Lankan Army has given him assurance last week that they are going to demilitarise the commercial ventures they run. “The Army has given me assurance last week that they are going to demilitarise the commercial ventures they run. At the moment, there are only six commercial ventures that the Army run which they will release in due course,” he added.
According to the Minister, this action will benefit the people as those business ventures will come back to people. He added that there are so many people including those who are rehabilitated in North and East who want jobs.
This could be an opportunity to give them jobs. Minister Swaminathan added that through the ministry of rehabilitation, they will probably be able to provide people with jobs in those commercial ventures.
When inquired about this matter, Military Media Spokesperson Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera told The Sunday Leader he is not aware of a discussion on this matter between the Military officials and Minister Swaminathan, and therefore, he will have to internally inquire regarding this matter. However, he insisted that there are no business ventures run by the Army at present. “We have no business ventures run by the military at present.
However, if specific places are being mentioned, I might be able to respond to,” he added.