Security industry urged to uplift to global standards



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By Sanath Nanayakkare


‘Private security industry leaders should be able to elevate their industry to international standards by enhancing the quality of services provided to their clients, Damayanthi Jayaratne, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Urban Development said in Colombo on Sunday when the 10th Annual General Meeting of SLASSPA was held at the Hilton Hotel, Colombo.


Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa who attended the event for a short while made it a point to mingle with all stakeholders of the private security industry present in the auditorium.


Speaking further,Jayaratne said, "Enhancing the quality of service provided by you would be possible when you pay decent wages to security personnel employed by you. Some firms pay decent salaries and some still don’t. We will not hesitate to take legal action against companies that don’t pay their security personnel in keeping with labour laws.


"The good news for your industry is that there are new local and foreign investments in macro infrastructure projects such as highways, urban housing, hotels etc. giving a boost to your businesses. When some foreign investors seek police personnel for security, we recommend your services to them as equally reliable, she said.


Major Tissa Aluwihare, President,SLASSPA said, "For the first time, we hold the SLASSPA AGM not only in the presence of the governing authority, but also with the participation of key members of ISF and the security trade at large. This augurs well for the future to achieve the aim of One Vision, One Industry and One Culture for the security industry.


"We cannot forget the security officer on ground, who we need to care for by uplifting him through proper training, a decent salary and a meaningful welfare package. If you don’t pay the guard his due wages that means you steal from him. How can you sleep well at night without being troubled by a guilty conscience?, he asked.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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