ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s public security minister Rear Admiral (Rtd) Sarath Weerasekara is still of the view that mandatory military training will result in a disciplined society, according to a statement on Friday (16).
Weerasekara told reporters Friday morning that when he proposed mandatory military training for people above 18 in January, members of parliament insulted him.
On January 18, the minister told the privately owned Sirasa TV that the objective of his proposal is to use military training for personality development and to create a law abiding society. The proposal was widely criticised and, as a result, never made it past cabinet discussion.
The idea was not to create more soldiers as claimed by some, Weerasekara said this Friday.
“If we are to provide some training to the youth above 18 years of age, the best place to give that training is the army camp, because the army camp has the required discipline and facilities,” the minister said.
“If some personality development course can be provided, we can gradually make society a more disciplined place,” he added.
As long as there are extortionists, rapists, underworld members, child molesters and drug traffickers, a society in which people can live without fear cannot be created, the minister went on to say. (Colombo/July16/2021)