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Sri Lanka: Defence Ministry to provide special privilege card to over 200,000 security forces personnel.

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Cardholders to get discounts in shopping and other services including health, education etc.

The Defence Ministry has decided to issue ‘Virusara Privilege Cards’ (VPCs) to over 200,000 security forces personnel, including families of fallen war heroes and disabled soldiers to provide them discounts from public and private sector institutions.

Over 44,500 cards have already been issued to them under the first phase. The VPCs facility provides a wide range of unique benefits to security forces personnel including the Police and Civil Security Department who were serving in the armed forces from 1983 to 2009.

The cardholders are entitled to get discounts in shopping and other services including health, education, banking, insurance and leasing from public and private institutions.

During a meeting held at the Ministry, Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne gave directives to Ranaviru Seva Authority (RVSA) Chairman Maj. Gen. (Retd) Nandana Senadeera to commence awareness programmes to educate all beneficiaries about listed facilities through respective Ranaviru Sansada (regional authorities).

Maj. Gen. Gunaratne informed all agents of listed public and private institutions, including mobile service providers, reputed banks, financial institutions, supermarket chains and private healthcare providers to make respective outlets, sales personnel and front offices aware about the Virusara scheme to avoid inconveniences caused to cardholders.

The Defence Secretary directed Maj. Gen. Senadeera to take steps to launch the third phase of distributing Virusaru cards to the selected beneficiaries on the forthcoming Ranaviru Day.

Tri-Forces, Police and Civil Security Department personnel who served and now serving from 1983 to 2009 and families of civil servants, who were killed and became disabled in the same period had also received Virusaru cards in the previous phases.

Additional Secretary Defence Services Samanthi Weerasinghe, Director RVSA Brig. (Retd) Vijith Subasinghe, Welfare Directors of Tri-Forces, Police and Civil Security Department and public and private sector and the RVSA staff were present at the meeting.

(MoD)

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