Housing scheme for disabled expats
The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) and the National
Housing Development Authority (NHDA) will offer houses to those who
become totally disabled while being employed abroad.
A memorandum of understanding was signed by the Chairman of SLBFE
Kingsly Ranawaka and NHDA Chairman M. Rafeed at the SLBFE Auditorium
Under this, a housing project has been scheduled to be commenced in
due course aiming to hand them over to handicapped expats. The SLBFE has
taken initiatives to identify appropriate foreign employees.
“This will benefit those who are permanently handicapped as a result
of an accident that occurred while they were on duty abroad. President
Mahinda Rajapaksa is really keen on the issue since most of our
employees go abroad with the intention of fulfilling their need for
This is the first time such a programme has been implemented even
though Sri Lankans have been going abroad for employment for over 30
years,” that Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Keheliya
He pointed out that the Government is not ready to send employees for
unfair conditions though foreign employment brings a considerable amount
of foreign exchange.
“At the same time SLBFE has taken steps to reduce the percentage of
women who go abroad for employment after considering the fact that most
women employees are helpless unlike male employees,” the Minister added.