One-time Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Nanda Mallawarachchi has been appointed Director General, Multi Development Task Force responsible for high profile project to recruit and train 100,000 members of low income families.
The project implemented in line with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s 2019 presidential poll pledge aimed to uplift the living standards of the poorest of poor, Government Spokesman State Power Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said.
Having retired from the Army in 2007, Mallawarachchi served as Sri Lankan Ambassador in Indonesia for about six years. Subsequently, Mallawarachchi received the appointment as Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order as well as Sports.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has strongly advised members of the government not to interfere in the selection process to achieve the stated objective of the unprecedented project. The President is on record underscoring the importance of real poverty alleviation project instead of the unsuccessful current Samurdhi programme/ or previous Janasaviya.
Mallawarachchi functioned as the Commander of the Army during the Mavil-aru battle following the abortive LTTE bid to assassinate Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka in late April 2006. The suicide attack inside army headquarters left Fonseka seriously injured, yet he returned from follow up treatment for those injuries in Singapore in time for the offensive targeting Sampur in Sept 2006