Army Chief Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka has shifted several Army Headquarters-based units to improve security at the nerve centre of security forces operations.
On his orders, the Medical Corps (volunteers), Directorates of Rehabilitation and Welfare and the Army Band have moved out. The Medical Corps has moved to Minneriya and Panagoda, the Rehabilitation Directorate to Ragama and the Welfare Directorate to a camp adjacent to the USIS.
The military said that the Engineers Brigade would vacate its camp at Kirulapone to accommodate the army band. The Engineers would move to Mattegoda.
The Army Chief also ordered an end to the controversial practice of allowing outsiders at the officers` mess. The military said that the move would considerably reduce the number of headquarters based officers and men.
Although some welcomed the relocations, which they believed should have been taken years ago, the units that had been moved expressed disappointment. Some of them would take their case to higher political authority claiming that their transfer was not required.
Well informed sources said that opponents would now try to highlight Fonseka`s shortcomings and any manipulation of procedures, particularly in relation to unauthorised entry of persons as part of their strategy to undermine the army chief.