Thursday, January 22, 2009

Houses for displaced civilians in North

The Government is planning a housing scheme with all facilities for civilians impacted by terrorism in the North. It is hoped to provide houses to the affected civilians.

Addressing the media in Colombo today, Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said the houses will come up on a 750 acre block of land at Menik Farm and Omanthai. The Minister said an accelerated programme is afoot to provide facilities to the displaced in the North. Many civilians are expected to cross over from Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya and Jaffna following the humanitarian operations. He opined that 150 acres will be allocated at Menik Farm under the first stage and 450 acres in the second stage. Another 150 acres will be demarcatted in Omanthai. The Government is mulling over the launching of the programme from this year to uplift the lives of the people.

The project will be carried out under the guidance of Senior Presidential Advisor and Parliamentarian Basil Rajapakse. Minister Lakshman Yapa pointed out that it is desired to undertake many projects related to tourism and agriculture to uplift the rural community, which comprises 80 percent of the population.