The construction of 65,000 houses for conflict affected families in the North-East would certainly be carried out despite the prevailing hindrance, said Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D.M.Swaminathan.
Replying to a question made by EPDP MP Douglas Devanantha in parliament on Wednesday (May 4) Mr.Swaminathan replied that he needed a week time to reply with regard to the livelihood as well as development programmes of the Northern Province, adding that the proposed housing project would be carried out as it was planned.
Elaborating on the controversial housing project, the Cabinet has decided to award the tender to this prestigious French construction company to ensure the quality and durability of the houses to be built. It has been rejected by the TNA MPs and Northern Provincial Councilors. Concerning the matter, President Maithripala Sirisena recently instructed to take decision after thorough survey.
Minister Swaminathan earlier said priorities will be given in the allocation of houses to conflict affected people residing in welfare centres, conflict affected women headed families, families with disabilities due to conflict, families with missing persons and disappearances due to conflict and refugee returnees who lost their shelters and lived in welfare camps.