Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa handed over 200 three-wheeler vehicles to disabled soldiers in Colombo, as part of welfare schemes for former military men who suffered in action in the last three decades of conflict with the LTTE.
The three-wheelers, modified to suit the needs of the physically disabled, were distributed under an interest free loan scheme, in recognition of the former soldiers' contribution towards the country's peace and stability.
"A number of projects are in place for the welfare of disabled soldiers and their families. This is the first time over 200 three-wheelers were distributed among them," Major General Palitha Fernando, chairman of Ranaviru Seva Authority, a welfare body said.
Meanwhile, the authorities announced construction of a house for permanently disabled war hero, A P T Sampath Kumara in a rural area of Sri Lanka.
Kumara of the 7th Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (7VIR) was categorised 'permanently disabled' after sustaining serious damages to his legs during clashes with LTTE at the Mullaittivu battlefront.