Diriya Piyasa providing lasting solution to shelter problem
The Government through the Samurdhi movement has taken immediate
measures to provide a lasting solution to the shelter problem of low
income families who live in urban, semi urban and rural areas who are
without any form of shelter at present.
The Sri Lanka Samurdhi Authority (SLSA) has implemented a special
housing project named `Diriya Piyasa' to overcome the shelter problem of
these poor families. Under the first stage of this housing project 5000
houses will be constructed for 5000 low income families selected at
Divisional Secretariat Division level with a minimum of 15 families
drawn from each Division, a Samurdhi and Poverty Alleviation Ministry
spokesman told the Daily News.
The national ceremony for launching this Samurdhi Housing Project was
held at Weerawila, Tissamaharama last week under the patronage of Prime
Minister Mahinda Rajapakse.
Under this housing project, the SLSA will reserve Rs.50,000 on behalf
of each family selected under this programme. A large number of
voluntary organisations and other well wishes have already extended
their support to the SLSA to implement this housing project. Therefore
each house constructed under this project will cost between Rs.150000 or
Rs. 200000 in its end value, he said.
He said following a survey conducted, the SLSA has revealed that
there are about 8000 families categorised as the poorest of the poor in
the country who are sans any form of shelter. As a remedy, the
Government through the Samurdhi movement has decided to implement a
special housing project to provide a permanent solution to the shelter
problem of this segment.
According to the SLSA survey, the key reason for these poor families
not having any shelter is mainly due to the death or disablement of the
bread winners. There are also certain occasions where the breadwinner
has abandoned the family.
Hence housing project is mainly focused on providing houses to such
poor families, he said. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Diriya
Piyasa housing programme, Samurdhi and Poverty Alleviation Minister
Pavithra Wanniarachchi said at present Samurdhi movement is attempting
to channel the benefits of development to the village level giving
priority to the village.
She said the Samurdhi movement is centred on a strong human resource
base and all those who work within the movement are solely dedicated to
achieve the main goal of eradicating poverty in the country.
Premier Rajapakse will definitely win the forthcoming Presidential
Election and will bring forward the Samurdhi programme in a more
productive manner to uplift the socio-economic conditions of country's
poor, the Minister said.
The UNP which cannot tolerate the significant progress achieved by
the Samurdhi movement is now making various threatening statements to
Samurdhi Development Officers that Samurdhi officers will be skinned
alive under a UNP Government. However there won't be any chance for the
UNP to reintroduce its terror, she said.