BUREAU OF THE COMMISSIONER GENERAL OF REHABILITATION
"MINISTRY OF PRISON REFORMS,REHABILITATION, RESETTLEMENT AND HINDU RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS"

On the third and final day of the Up-country tour

On the third and final day of their Up-country tour, the trainees set off from Gampola for Kandy. On arrival at the hill capital, the group was received at a very special welcome ceremony under patronage of the Mayor of Kandy, Mahen Ratwatte.

The trainees participated in a Hindu religious ceremony at the Pulleyar Kovil in Kandy accompanied by the Secretary of the Ministry of Rehabilitation. Thereafter, the trainees went in procession on foot through the town to the Dalada Maligawa carrying posters decrying the allegations of Human Rights violations against Sri Lanka by the Western countries. The trainees handed over a special Peace Letter to the Hon. Prime Minister.at the Dalada Maligawa. Associated with the Prime Minister on the occasion were the Hon. Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms, Chandrasiri Gajadheera, the Chief Minister of the Central Region Mr. Sarath Ekanayake, H.E. the High Commissioner for India, other political leaders and the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Brigadier Darshana Hettiarachchi.

The religious ceremonies at the Dalada Maligawa were held in the presence of the Prime Minister. An exhibition of works of art created by the trainees was declared open within the precincts of the Maligawa and a large number of school children came to view these exhibits.

Once again the trainees undertook an arduous journey to reach Narampanawa, a picturesque and serene hamlet. The villagers accorded the guests a warm and sincere welcome. Everyone was delighted to take a dip and cool themselves in one of the tributaries of Mahaweli River that meanders through beautiful surroundings. Lunch was offered by the villagers who had organized a sumptuous meal at a Buddhist temple situated in the village.

From Narampanawa, the visitors proceeded to the Getambe Sports Ground in Kandy where a large number of school children from several schools in Kandy had congregated to welcome them. The trainees competed in several sports events such as volley ball, foot ball, cricket matches, tug-of-war with teams comprising provincial political leadership groups, prisoners, and youth cadet corps etc. emerging winners in several events.

Prizes were distributed to winners by the distinguished guests who included; Hon. Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms, Chandrasiri Gajadheera, the Chief Minister of the Central Region Mr. Sarath Ekanayake, Lohan Ratwatte, M.P., Mayor of Kandy Mahen Ratwatte, Secretary to the Ministry of Rehabilitation Mr. A. Disanayake and the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Brigadier Darshana Hettiarachchi.

After an eventful and unforgettable tour, the trainees set off on their return journey to the rehabilitation centre.