The ceremony of opening newly built tennis ground, appreciation of educational talents of school children of prison officers and honouring retirees at the Mahara Prison was ceremonially held with the participation of the Hon. State Minister of Prison Reforms & Prisoners’ Rehabilitation, Dr Sudharshani Fernandopulle, Hon. State Minister of Co-operative Services, Marketing Development and Consumer Protection, Mr. Lasanthi Alagiyawanna, the Secretary to the Ministry of Prison Ref`orms & Prisoners’ Rehabilitation, Mrs. Geethamani Karunarathna, the Chairman of the Coordination Committee of Gampaha District and the Hon. Member of Parliament, Mr Sahan Pradeep Vithana, Hon. Chairman of the Mahara Pradeesiya Saba, Mrs Sudeema Chandani, the Commissioner General of Prisons, Mr Thushara Upuldeniya, Commissioners of Prisons and some other distinguished guests. And also, this is the first official ceremony of the Hon. State Minister, Dr Sudharshani Fernandopulle.
According to the instructions and guidance of the Superintendent of Mahara Prison, Mr Jagath Weerasinghe and directives of the Assistant Superintendent of Prisons, Mr Jagath Dissanayaka and the Chief Jailor, Mr Subash Upuldeniya, tennis court at the Mahara Prison Ground was built with the financial support of the Mahara Prison Sports and Welfare Association. Tennis court that will help to make tennis popular among prison officers is the second tennis court belonging to the Department of Prisons.
Moreover, appreciation of the educational talents of children of prison officers and honouring retirees were done in parallel to the ceremony. In addition, gifts and commemorative awards were presented to existing officers as a motivational strategy. On this occasion, each guest was presented with commemorative items made by Mahara inmates. Special attention of Hon Minister was taken by a drawing of an inmate.